Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
There is acute shortage of police force in Ahmedabad as per the statistics given the state government in the State Assembly. There are 5,275 vacancies in the city’s police force against the sanctioned strength of 14,260 for Ahmedabad.
Adding to the concern was the increasing rate of crime in the city — as in June 30, 2015, the city registered 459 cases of murder and 290 cases of attempted murder.
In a question raised by Congress MLA from Danilimda, Shailesh Parmar, Chief Minister Anandi Patel stated that as of June 30, 2015, there were vacancies for the posts of 4,276 constables, 494 head constables (HC), 492 police sub inspectors (PSI) and 109 police inspectors (PI) in Ahmedabad.
The sanctioned strengths for constables, HC, PSI, and PI is 10,613, 2,753, 763 and 131 respectively. The vacancies are due to retirements, resignations and new openings in the department.
We have, however, recently conducted an exam to recruit a batch of constables and we may depute them soon, CM said in response to the query. Parmar, however, stated that the lack of numbers in the police force was indicative of the state’s unwillingness to fill the positions. “The state government’s unwillingness in filling the positions has resulted in the increased crime ratio in the city,” he said, even as Congress MLA Tejashree Patel sought crime figures of Ahmedabad from the state government.
CM revealed as on June 30, 2015, Ahmedabad police had registered 459 cases of murder and 290 cases of attempt to murder. The figures were recorded over a period of five years. Noting the high ratio of crime, Parmar stated that to ensure a safe city, the ratio of policemen and citizens should be one policeman for 75 persons.
“However, as per the current scenario there is one policeman against 377 people. This increases the work pressure on the cops and people too are unable to avail their services,” he said. In response to another question raised by Parmar, it was told that the state failed to use around Rs 34.95 crores of funds sanctioned by the centre for modernisation of police force in the state. The grants from 2012-13 to 2014-15 remained unused, according to state administration.
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