New Delhi (25.04.2022): The Ministry of Home Affairs is said to be considering a proposal to open commandant-level posts in the Border Security Force for IPS officers. The proposal is fraught with severe consequences as IPS officers are said to be the least qualified for specialized border guarding jobs.
Currently, IPS officers can join forces such as CRPF, BSF, and ITBP only at the level of DIG and above. The move will create more posts for IPS officers at the SP-level in the central armed police forces and central police organizations where 50 percent of such posts are vacant.
Defense officials point out that if the chronic vacancy is the problem, it's time to think out of the box and militarize the BSF through the lateral induction of retiring military officers and by providing better promotional opportunities for the BSF-cadre officers. This will save money and professionalize the BSF, ITBP, and CRPF.
The controversial IPF induction proposal, sent by the BSF to the ministry earlier this month, has asked for changes to recruitment rules of the border guarding force to ensure IPS officers can come on deputation at the commandant level.
As expected, the proposal has caused much disappointment in the rank and file of the CAPFs who are of the opinion that if it is approved for the BSF, it will eventually find its way to the CRPF and ITBP. The cadre officers of the said forces have been facing severe career stagnation and there is apprehension that reserving more posts for the IPS officers will only exacerbate the problem.
CAPF officers have filed multiple petitions in courts, demanding that IPS deputations at DIG-level be abolished or the quota reduced as posts remain perennially vacant. They have argued that because of the non-availability of promotional avenues in the forces, many officers are retiring at the assistant commandant level, which is the entry-level post in the CAPFs. This, they have argued, has had a demoralizing effect on the officers and has led to a high attrition rate in the forces.