Transparent Transfers Delight Police Constables
By Merlin Francis | Published: 13th January 2014 08:23 AM |
Raghavendra, recently promoted as head constable and posted to Tilak Nagar police station, is a happy man.
“Apart from the promotion, I got to choose the station where I wanted to work. It is close to where I live and I did not have to run to senior officials to get a promotion,” he said.
The Bangalore city commissionerate is working to boost the morale of its force even as it grapples with a severe shortage of staff.
In an effort to reduce the role of ‘babudom’ in transfers, City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar has ensured that the promotions of constables and head constables are done in the presence of all those concerned, and in a transparent manner.
Recently, 104 head constables were promoted as Assistant Sub Inspectors and 220 constables as head constables at a meeting convened by Auradkar.
Displayed on a screen were details of various police stations and vacancies. The constables were allowed to choose a station by seniority. They had to fulfil three conditions. “They could not ask for the same station again, they should not have worked in the station they were requesting and they had to move out of their ACP’s sub-division,” Auradkar said. A few exceptions were made, especially for those whose turn came towards the end. “Some were retiring in a few months. There was a constable who used a walker and someone’s wife was physically challenged and needed assistance... These cases were announced to the gathering and those willing to exchange did so,” Auradkar said. “I believe they will work more efficiently considering they had a say in the decision,” he said.
Incidentally, the practice was followed by Auradkar when he was Inspector General of Belgaum. Popularly called transfer parades, constables often come to such meetings armed with medical certificates to get a posting of their choice.
Gopal Hosur, who retired as IG (Fire and Emergency Services), believes the initiative should be followed regularly. “Making this process transparent and corruption-free will go a long way in ensuring efficiency,” he said.