There are over 10,000 vacant posts in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, reveals an official document of Ministry of Home Affairs.
The document in possession of Greater Kashmir states: “Sanctioned strength of J&K Police is 87,882. Of which actual strength is 77,838. Thus remaining 10,044 posts are vacant which are to be filled by the police department.”
“Police is a state subject falling in List-II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. It is primarily the responsibility of the state governments and administrations of union territories to fill up the vacancies in the police force.”
“The Centre also issues advisories to the states to fill up the vacancies and to bring in the requisite reforms in the Police administration to meet the expectations of the people,” it adds.
According to the document total sanctioned strength of the police force across country is 23,79,728 among them 18, 51,332 posts have been filled and rest 5,28,396 are vacant.
This year, Jammu and Kashmir Police recruited Assistant Sub-Inspectors and also issued a notification for the recruitment of constables for raising two border battalions one each in Jammu and Kashmir province.
The department has also issued a notification for the filling up of constable vacancies in two women battalions (one battalion each in Jammu and Kashmir region)) from the permanent residents. Applications have been invited from female candidates only.
In yet another attempt to provide job opportunities to the youth, the Home Ministry has decided to hire around 16,000 locals from Jammu and Kashmir in various wings of armed forces.
In 2017, the then Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, in a written reply had informed Rajya Sabha that in order to generate employment for youth in J&K, the government has approved additional recruitment of 10,000 SPOs, recruitment of around 5381 personnel in five new India Reserve Battalions and recruitment of 1079 personnel of CAPFs and Assam Rifles.
Ahir had said that recruitment of locals in armed forces was conceived with an idea to encourage youth to join the mainstream and “providing employment opportunities to wean them away from militancy”.
Besides law and order, Jammu and Kashmir police are on forefront in dealing with militancy in the state.