Unemployment has been one of the biggest problem of Assam with more than fifteen lakh educated youths unemployed in the state. Time and again the government initiated several employment drive to address the issue. Recently the Assam Police has proposed a similar employment drive to provide employment to the youths belonging to backward insurgency-hit areas.
The Assam Police which has more than 12,000 positions vacant across its ranks — 8,000 in its constabulary position alone — has proposed the state government to conduct a special drive to recruit youngsters from backward insurgency-hit areas, who are susceptible to be lured into ranks of insurgent outfits.
State Level Police Recruitment Board’s chairman, DGP, Pradeep Kumar said on Saturday that the board has proposed reservation of 10 per cent jobs in the state police for youngsters of backward areas of the state like Sadiya, Dhemaji in eastern Assam as well as areas in Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District Council.
Among the propositions is reserving 6 per cent of the police jobs for family members of policemen killed in counter-insurgency operations; 2 per cent for former militants; 4 per cent for serving special police officers (SPOs); 2 per cent in sports quota for those who have represented the state in national level events or are recognised as state level players; and 5 per cent for trained home guards working with the state police.
State Police also suggested for establishing three Indian Reserve (IR) battalions in Assam. The proposal has been sent to the central government for its approval. Additional Director General (Administration) LR Bishnoi said recruitment would begin once the proposals were sanctioned.
Constabulary in two insurgency-hit hill districts in Assam was only 0.2 per cent, 1.67 per cent in Bodoland Territorial District Council area and 6 per cent in backward insurgency-hit areas in eastern Assam, Bishnoi said. The state police force have been marred by severe manpower crisis, especially in respect of civil police.
The police force has a sanction of 74,000 personnel out of which more than 12,000 are currently vacant. The 12,000+ vacant positions in Assam Police includes, 79 DSPs and 154 Inspectors. The current police-public ratio in the state is 107 personnel per one lakh population, much below the standard 210 police personnel per lakh population as prescribed by the UNO.
“With 35 Assam Police battalions in place, there is no shortage of armed police personnel, but the crisis is in civil police where the strength has remained almost what it was 25 years back. As a result police stations are under tremendous pressure and investigation process has suffered,” Pradeep Kumar said.