Chandigarh: In a bid to break the prolonged stagnation in promotions in the Police Department, the Punjab Police has ordered over 4,500 promotions with an immediate effect here on Wednesday.
“We have cleared the files of 4,500 promotions that is a record number in the history of the Punjab police. These promotions are mainly of the constabulary ranks and further up to the inspector level, thereby breaking the stagnation at various levels of our department. It will also boost the morale of the force,” Punjab Director-General of Police PS Gill said.
He added, “These promotions are the result of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal's directive. He had asked us to identify factors affecting the morale of the force and systematically remove them. During our scrutiny, we found that denial of timely promotions due to various administrative hurdles like non-finalisation of seniority lists was one such big factor.”
Gill said his department, therefore, finalised the seniority lists and then methodically removed other glitches at various levels.
“For this purpose, we have created a special cell to liaison with Personnel, Legal Remembrance and Advocate-General office. Now everything is being streamlined and very soon the orders would come into actual force,” Gill stated.
As per the official records, Gill revealed, from January this year 494 sub-inspectors have been promoted as inspectors, out of which 387 promotions have been made in executive police and 104 such promotions have been made in the armed police.
“This year, 835 assistant sub-inspectors have been promoted as sub-inspectors, 1046 head constables as assistant sub-inspectors and 1,600 constables have been made head constables,” he pointed out.
Besides, in a bid to tackle the security concerns more effectively Punjab police has sought an assistance of Rs 200 crore from the Central government to upgrade its arms and artillery.