The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has initiated an exercise to curb the tendency among some Indian Police Service (IPS) officers to bypass the rules mandating their deputation period with the central government. According to the rules framed in 2010, an IPS officer is entitled to a maximum of seven years on deputation at the central government. Normally a central deputation is tenured for five years, of which three years an IPS officer is supposed to serve in a particular post. The government has given itself a margin of additional two years over and above five years to retain an IPS officer for a critical job.
However, some IPS officers, who don’t want to revert to their state cadre for reasons best known to them, have been noticed bypassing the tenure policy of the government. The latest case is of an Inspector General (IG) rank officer who has already completed seven years of deputation with the central government. Since he did not wish to move back to his state cadre, he planned well in advance and applied for a one-year training course at the National Defence College (NDC). Since his application for attending the NDC course is already approved, he has taken leave till the course commences. Since his deputation has already ended, the head of his organization is in a fix over how to handle the case in view of a strict letter from Home Secretary Rajeev Mehrishi to heads of all central police organizations to strictly adhere to the deputation tenure policy of the government.