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The Cuttack bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Monday imposed a stay on the Indian Police Services Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) 2012, which was scheduled on May 20.
The CAT bench gave the direction in response to a batch of petitions filed by state police officers praying to quash the examination, which was introduced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) this year.
Some DSP-rank police officers of Odisha had filed petitions, alleging that the "limited exam" conducted by UPSC to overcome shortage of IPS officers in the country will affect their careers. The petitioners alleged the exam would block promotion quota of Odisha Police Service (OPS) officers to IPS rank. Many of the DSP rank officers would not be able to appear the exam due to age limit constraints, they said. The petitioners alleged the exam was "arbitrary" and urged CAT to quash it.
Adjudicating the petitions, CAT had issued notice to the Union ministry of home affairs to file its reply to the matter but it did not respond. "CAT had issued notice to the centre government to file its reply but there was no response. The CAT heard the matter in detail and imposed a stay on the exam," said Aditya Das, the petitioners' counsel.
Recruitment to IPS is done through competitive examination from open market conducted by UPSC and promotion of state police service officers. While two-third of the vacancies is filled up through direct recruitment, the remaining is supposed to be filled up through the State Promotion Quota (SPQ). Last year, the Centre, with a view to overcome shortage of IPS officers and paucity of training facilities, decided to introduce a third method of recruitment by holding a 'Limited Competitive Examination (LCE)', in which only assistant commandants of central para-military forces (CPMF), captain and major or equivalent rank officers of defence services and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) of state police service having five years' experience and aged 35 years or less can appear.
"There being no direct recruitment of DSPs (stopped since 1976) in Odisha, there is no scope for recruitment from the state police into IPS through LCE. By the time sub-inspectors in the state reach the rank of DSP, they invariably cross the age of 35, which means they would never be eligible to appear for LCE," a police officer said.
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UP Provincial Police Association welcomes stay on Limited Competitive Examination
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VARANASI: The UP Provincial Police Association (UPPPA) on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Cuttack bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that imposed a stay on the Indian Police Services Limited Competitive Examination (LCE) 2012 on Monday. The LCE was scheduled on May 20.The UPPPA president Yugal Kishore said that the association had also taken shelter of Allahabad High Court against the introduction of LCE and the next hearing on the writ petition was scheduled on May 17. He said that apart from the UP the officers and associations of provincial police services of many other states including Odissa had filed their batch of petitions in respective court praying to quash the examination, which was introduced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) this year.
Its worth mentioning here that the officers of UP's provincial police service (PPS) hade lined up against an amendment in the Indian Police Service rules, which will throw open the IPS cadre through a limited competitive examination (LCE). The PPS officials decided to challenge the LCE due to the provisions like age limit of 35 years and a five-year work experience to tap officers not just from state police services but also from the Army and paramilitary forces.
Yugal Kishore said that the association has challenged the IPS (Recruitment) Amendment Rules, 2011 in the Allahabad high court as a large number of police officers from the state would be affected by it. He said that so far the provincial police service officers are getting direct promotion to the IPS cadre and in fact, nearly one-third of the IPS cadre posts are filled by the state cadre officers. But, a committee headed by retired IPS officer Kamal Kumar suggested recruitment through competitive examinations. He claimed that not only officers of provincial police services are against LCE but even the paramilitary forces and army do not agree for it.
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