March 17, 2021: According to the figures stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kisha Reddy, about the vacant Police posts lying across the country, about 5.31 Lakh posts are vacant. This was in response to the query raised by DMK MP T R Paarivendhar.
He informed the Parliament that over 5 lakh Police Vacancies were lying vacant throughout the states and union territories of India, with the maximum number of vacancies being in Uttar Pradesh.
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While presenting the exact figures in front of the Lok Sabha, Minister G Kisha Reddy said that according to the data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), the sanctioned strength of the Police Force is 26,23,225. However, as of January 01, 2021, the actual strength is only 20,91,488 leaving 5,31,737 posts vacant.
In his response to DMK MP T R Paarivendhar, he also said that it is primarily the responsibility of the states to recruit candidates to fill the vacant posts in the Police force as ‘Police’ is a state subject. He also added, “The Centre also issues advisories to the states for filling up these vacancies in the states and to bring in the requisite reforms in the police administration to meet the expectations of the people.”
The BPR&D compiled figures show that Uttar Pradesh has a sanctioned strength of 4,15,315 while it has only 3,03,450 personnel and the rest 1,11,865 positions are vacant, the highest in the country. It is followed by West Bengal with 55,294 police posts lying vacant and Bihar with 47,099 vacant posts.
Following the top three in the lists are Madhya Pradesh (31,488), Telangana (29,492), Maharashtra (28,550), and Gujarat (27,349). Even Delhi had 9,767 vacant positions in the Police Force.
The only state to have more strength than the sanctioned strength is Nagaland. It has 28,113 personnel against the sanctioned figure of 26,138, as mentioned in the data.
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