The Asian Age - - Oped -

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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