Delhi police are planning a major recruitment drive for constables (executive) in the eight Northeastern states.
Jhajjar in Haryana is home to a large number of six-foot thullas who patrol the capital and staff its police stations. Circulars have been sent to directors-general of police of the eight northeastern states, asking them to nominate a nodal officer each to liaise with Delhi police team “so that this special recruitment drive can be accomplished on top priority basis.”
The circulars, signed by Delhi’s joint commissioner of police (headquarters) Nuzhat Hassan, have also asked the eight directors-general of police to nominate 10 men and 10 women constables each from their own recruitment process, to be inducted into Delhi police.
Delhi has nearly 89,000 police personnel, of whom 36,000 are constables. There are more than 2,000 vacancies for constables to be filled.
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Police sources are unclear about how many of these would be filled from the Northeast.
However, a minimum of 160 constables will be inducted through nominations by their respective states.
Constables (executive) handle direct policing. Their role is different from specialised constables like bandsmen, buglers, dog handlers and mounted constables, which this recruitment will not cover.
Those nominated by their respective home state police forces will be exempted from conditions specific to general recruitment like mandatory knowledge of Hindi. They would, however, be expected to learn the language during training.
A senior police official said the drive was expected to take place in September. “Medical and written tests will take place on the same day in the respective state capitals. Only domiciles of the respective states, as per rules of that state, can apply. We’ve requested that the nodal officer be a non-local person of IPS cadre so that there is no favouritism.”
The last major recruitment from outside Delhi was done in 1989 at the behest of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. At present, there are only 41 personnel from northeastern states in the force. This does not include a single station house officer or assistant commissioner of police.
Joint commissioner of police (Northeast cell) Robin Hibu told this correspondent that those recruited would be posted in areas with high Northeast populations like Delhi University, Kotla Mubarakpur, Timarpur, South Delhi and Civil Lines.
The Northeast cell was set up in the police department after the death of Arunachal teenager Nido Tania in a hate crime last year to follow up on cases involving people from the region. The 1093 helpline has also been set up and 43 public volunteers work with district police units to help in registration of cases.
Tura MP P.A. Sangma welcomed the decision. “It was long overdue. Those who have faced discrimination will tell you that this will go a long way in changing attitudes,” he told The Telegraph.
“The Bezbaruah Committee had recommended increase in representation of people from the Northeast. Delhi has a heterogeneous population and these officers will certainly build confidence,” said David Boyes, convener of the Northeast India Forum Against Racism.
Unhappy over the exclusion of Gorkhas from the drive, Darjeeling MLA and former Andhra Pradesh chief secretary Trilok Dewan said the issue would be raised in the tripartite meeting with the home ministry and the Bengal government in July.
“We face the same discrimination as Northeast people and preference in police recruitment is clearly mentioned in the tripartite agreement of 2011,” he said.
Commissioner of Police Delhi is pleased to allocate the State – Wise 450 vacancies to be filled through Special Recruitment Drive form All North East States for the Post of Constable ( Exe.) Male and Female as under .
Standing Order Procedure at all NE states capital very soon.
Nodal Officers preferably direct IPS officer, non local for each state’s DGP office to coordinate with Delhi Police team coming to the eight Northeast state’s capitals.
8 Recruitment Boards with all recruitment paraphernalia to go to the eight states capitals for ‘on the spot recruitment’ both physical and written examination within one week, so that candidates need not go back home after physical test.
Only bonafide native candidates will be allowed to take part in this special File Imagerecruitment drive.
After selection, medical test of candidates will be done at respective states capitals. City SSP and DMOs will organise systematic medical test at state’s capital itself immediately after declaration of result.
Successful candidates will be given 10 months rigorous training at Delhi Police Training School. Once trained, they would be posted to places at the Capital where north east people are living in large numbers including Munirka, Burari, Mukherjee Nagar, Timarpur, civil lines, Kotla Mubarakpur, Lajpat Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave, Janakpuri, Vasant Kunj, Malviya Nagar, Sunlight Colony, Khirki Extension, South Campus, Maurice Nagar etc.
Senior rank Delhi Police officers will be positioned at state’s capitals during the physical test till the completion of recruitment to avoid any malpractice or complaints.
In order to check further malpractice, elaborate and scientific methods of checking like biometric, finger prints, identification marks, jamming of mobile at recruitment area, deployment of spies at recruitment grounds, ready police arrest team etc will be ensured.
Delhi Police Special Unit for North East Region at Nanakpura will provide information on FAQS through dedicated line, once it is formally announced.
While the proposed recruitment advertisements will be published at local media, TV, Radio, local cables in the eight states soon.
1. Arunachal Pradesh – 50 Nos
2. Assam – 100 Nos
3. Manipur – 50 Nos
4. Meghalaya – 50 Nos
5. Mizoram- 50 Nos
6. Nagaland – 50 Nos
7. Sikkim – 50 Nos
8. Tripura – 50 Nos
Total – 450 Nos