20 Dec : Police recruitment in almost every state is mired in “corruption” and aspirants do not get jobs as constables and sub-inspectors unless “money” is paid, Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said on Monday.
Pillai also said that he has no doubt whatsoever that police force in the country is “abused and degraded.”
He was speaking at the foundation day ceremony of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) in New Delhi.
Pillai while voicing his concern over corruption in the police recruitment exercises, said “In almost every state… police recruitment is mired in corruption.”
“People do not get recruited as constables and sub-inspectors unless money is paid and, therefore, the first level at which you have to stop corruption is at this recruitment process.”
Pillai however said he was happy at the recruitment processs in Uttar Pradesh being “very transparent.”
“I am happy to state that in Uttar Pradesh…39,000 constables were recruited, I think in a very transparent and merit-based manner,” he said.
Touching upon the plight of the policemen in the country, Pillai said “I have no doubt whatsoever that police force in India, which has been, if I put it very mildly, abused and degraded.”
“Can it in one sense finally become what it is meant to be a friend of the people and the civil population,” he asked.
The training of policemen is also “really not upto the mark,” he added.
Pillai said Law enforcement agencies should brace themselves to face the emerging challenges on the law and order front which may be “very turbulent” in the coming years.
“The law and order situation in the country over the next decades is going to be turbulent…There is no doubt about it. We are not going to have a satisfactory law and order situation for few decades to come. That’s partly because there is a huge growth which is taking place. “You are having 8 to 9 per cent economic growth, you are having the communication revolution, you have rising expectations, people want the good things in life. They want better opportutinies, they want things now.”
“They are not willing to wait and, therefore, the law and order is going to be very very turbulent over the next decades and for the country as a whole and for the police service particularly,” Pillai said.
“We have to manage the situation (for maintenance of law and order) so that we allow this economic growth to take place over the next few decades. This is very essential. We will have to manage the law and order situation…It will call for lot of innovative strategies,” he said.