Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that MHA has initiated an exercise to fuse two Central Police Organisations (CPOs) into one CPO as they existed till 2009. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Homeguards, Civil Defence & Fire Services may be merged to end their lacklustre performance. Indianmandarins has learnt that a couple of days back, the Home Ministry held a detailed meeting with DGs of many CPOs to explore the possibilities and modalities to ensure the merger.
Earlier, Dr P K Mishra Committee (constituted in 2011), too, had recommended in its report in 2013 that the two should be merged together.
Until 1996, these two domains/areas used to be looked after by a Joint Secretary-rank officer in MHA but in 2006, the National Disaster Response Force came into existence as a separate wing. Further, n 2009, NDRF and Home Guards, Civil Defence & Fire Services were headed by a single DG rank officer.
In February 2014, the UPA-II Govt temporarily shifted an ADG post from ITBP and separated NDRF on the temporary ground. In power corridors, it understood that this move was taken simply to provide Mehboob Alam (TN cadre IPS) an independent position as head of NDRF. Home Guards, Civil Defence & Fire Services continued to be headed by Krishna Chaudhary (BH:IPS:1979). This provision still continues.
This set off a problem. These wings are least desired by senior IPS officers and hence, none shows a keen interest in heading them. Once separated, these two CPOs are taken as least desired posts. For example, recently, former Gujarat DGP P C Thakur (IPS:1979:GJ) refused to accept DG post of Civil Defence, Home Guards & Fire Service and chose to seek VRS.