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High Court allows fresh petition against IPS entry in BSF
TNNJul 4, 2012, 06.13AM IST
AGARTALA: Two judges of Guwahati high court's Agartala bench directed the Border Security Force (BSF) officers to file a fresh petition within 10 days regarding entry of Indian Police Service cadres in the top positions of the force, while hearing the Ashok Kumar and Others Versus Union of India case on Tuesday.The petitioners referred to the latest enhancement of recruitment rules by the ministry of home affairs (MHA) on June 5 last which has downgraded BSF officials and allowed the entry of IPS officials up to the Commandant level.
According to sources, one Ashok Choudhury and four other BSF officers had filed a case challenging the ongoing promotion practice of the BSF and reservation of the posts in the ranks of DIG to director general (DG) in September 2005. In 2008, the Guwahati high court had issued an interim order in favour of executive-level officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) while directing the Union home ministry and the DG, BSF to review the existing promotion system in higher posts.
The petitioner alleged that IPS cadres have been depriving BSF officers of promotions for a long time because as per the norms, about 80 per cent DIG posts, 50 per cent IG posts, 75 per cent additional DG posts and 100 per cent posts of special DG and DG are reserved for IPS cadres, who neither have the knowledge of border management nor are trained and experienced in border guarding work.
The last amendment to the BSF recruitment rules allowed IPS officers to join at the Commandant level, which demoralized 3,300 BSF cadres besides jeopardizing proper border guarding, BSF officers apprehend. "Vital posts like IG (personnel) are reserved for IPS officers and, as a result, IPS cadres are getting entry into the BSF," says a senior BSF officer.
The petitioners said that the present practice of promotion was unconstitutional and violated the fundamental right of field-level eligible officers while complaining that by making reservations for IPS officials at the policy-making level in the BSF, the government was compromising the efficiency of the organisation as well as national security.