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Govt to create 365 posts in police’s upper ranks

Giving in to the demand of police, the government is going to approve the creation of 365 supernumerary posts at the upper ranks of police ahead of the next national polls.

To this end, a home ministry proposal will be placed today at the meeting of the secretaries' committee on administrative development with Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain in the chair, said sources at the ministries of public administration and home.

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"The meeting is going to approve the creation of the 365 posts," said an official of the public administration ministry, wishing not to be named.

It is the secretaries' committee on administrative development that finally gives the go-ahead to the creation of any government post.

With an supernumerary post, an official continues to hold the same office and perform the same duties even after being elevated to a higher position.

Of the 365 posts, 10 are of additional inspector general, 65 of deputy inspector general, 140 of additional DIG, and 150 of superintendent of police.

After scrutinising the proposal of Police Headquarters, the home ministry in July forwarded it to the public administration ministry for creating 529 supernumerary posts. But the ministry in September approved 342 posts, creating commotion among BCS police cadre officers, said sources at the home ministry.

The home ministry then again wrote to the public administration ministry with a request to increase the posts of additional IGP and DIG. The public administration then increased eight posts of additional IGP and 15 posts of DIG. The finance ministry also approved it.

Sources said before the 2018 elections, police pressed for promotion of 495 officials of the ranks of SP to additional IGP. The government had approved the creation of 230 supernumerary posts of SP.

They said creating a new post in any government agency is a lengthy process involving several ministries, including public administration and finance. And it usually takes several years to complete the process.

But in the creation of 365 posts, it took only four months, they said.