Bhubaneswar, Nov 21 (LocalWire): The dramatic reshuffle in the top IPS echelons yesterday has brought under sharp focus the rot that has permeated into the state’s police administration.
In an abrupt move, top IPS Bijoy Sharma was shunted out from the post of Director General of Police and an inquiry instituted into the affairs of fire safety directorate, headed by Sharma.
Former IPS officers who donned the mantle of DGP in the past preferred to remain tightlipped over the probe in Sharma’s alleged act of willful delaying of issuance of fire safety certificates to the applicants by the directorate.
An inquiry has been ordered into the dilatoriness of the fire safety directorate. The inquiry will principally focus at the head of the directorate. It is too early to jump to a conclusion that the senior IPS committed any act of impropriety.
‘Reshuffling is the government’s prerogative. It will be wrong for me to conclude that Sharma was removed from the post for committing irregularities,’ former DGP Bipin Bihari Mishra, said.
Former Director General of police, Sanjeev Marik also spoke on the same lines.
Several other former tops cops, refusing to be quoted were of the view that ‘the rot has set into the system due to corruptive practices of a bunch of senior IPS officers. There are several good officers. But the unscrupulous officers are denting the image of entire police administration.’
‘There are black sheep in every setup be it in police or the bureaucracy. People continue to repost trust on khaki-clad men because of good people in the department,’ Mishra reiterated.
The government has set in motion the ‘Mo Sarkar’ (my government) initiative. The cops’ manners, etiquettes, behavior and response to citizens are under government’s scanner. The move is slowly paying dividend. Recently, the inspector of Madanpur-Rampur police station in Kalahandi district won appreciation from several quarters, he said.
The government had announced the system of rewards and punishment for policemen under Mo Sarkar. It should be put to practice to motivate the good people and weed out the corrupt ones from the system, he added.