DGP APPOINTMENTS: CMs SEEK REVIEW
For once, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar are on the same page. Both leaders are seeking a review of the Supreme Court order stating that the Union Public Service Commission will now have a major say in the selection of director generals of police of all states, except Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh and Puducherry, who will continue to be appointed by the Centre.
The chief ministers feel that the federal structure will be threatened if the UPSC presents a panel of three senior officers, from whom the chief minister can select the DGP. Since law and order is a state subject, they claim the appointment of the DGP — who looks after law and order — has to be with the state government.
Mr Singh’s argument is that Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service officers assigned to a state are posted under the control of the state government. Since the state government is answerable to the public and the state legislature, it should have complete discretion in selecting a person in whom the chief minister has absolute confidence.
Of course, this practice has often resulted in the appointment of “favourites” and long extensions for the officer, which upsets the hierarchy, causing other worthy officers to lose their chance to get the top post.
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