Nagaland : NPF criticises move to replace DGP

April 10, 2018, 5:58 pm
By : Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur (Nagaland), April 10: The opposition Naga People’s Front is startled at the move made by Y Patton, Deputy Chief Minister also holding the Home Minister portfolio in the PDA government to replace the incumbent Director General of Police, Nagaland Rupin Sharma “ostensibly over the latter refusing to make back door appointments in the Police department as desired by the former”.
“Patton has a track record of flouting all norms and procedures to get his candidates appointed or allotted contract and supply works. His wayward behavior whilst running the administration was a major source of embarrassment to the last ministry and he was dropped from the Ministry, albeit at the fag end of the tenure, and severely reprimanded,” NPF alleged in a communiqué issued today.
The deputy chief minister who also holds additional charge of the Home department, reportedly has asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to replace Nagaland’s DGP Sharma, an IPS of Nagaland 1992 batch with another IPS officer, Lungriading. But this is where things get interesting. According to the Home minister’s letter, Lungriading is a 1990-batch IPS officer.
A letter purportedly written by Patton to Singh on March 28, containing said request, went viral on the internet on April 9. The letter—in the letterhead of deputy chief minister having file reference code—stated, the incumbent DGP “does not possess the requisite experience necessary for being posted as DGP.”
Sharma’s ‘experience’ of serving as a police officer in Nagaland, according to the Home minister’s letter, was limited to ‘just about one year’ as the superintendent of Police in Peren district. “Hence it is imperative that an officer having sufficient seniority and who is well aware of the local issues is posted as DGP of the state police,” the letter read.
“Actually to become DGP in other states of India one has to have completed 30 years of service but in the case of Nagaland as a special category, up to 28 years have been considered during the past years. Rupin Sharma has just 26 years of experience,” the letter reads.
Sharma, a 1992 Batch IPS officer, was appointed as DGP in November last. He succeeded LL Doungel, who assumed office on November 26, 2014 on deputation from West Bengal.
Record says that Sharma’s stint was not limited only to Peren. He had served as sub-divisional police officer as well as additional superintendent of police in Dimapur; as deputy inspector general of police (CID) for Kohima; and as inspector general as well as additional director general of police at Kohima.
“That such a character was tasked with crucial and important department like Home by the PDA was worrisome”. The only consolation, though, was that an upright, innovative and capable officer like Rupin Sharma was made the DGP, and Naga people, cutting across political party lines and without bias or favour, were confident that the officer would ensure rule of law and not succumb to pressures from corrupt powers-that-be. Indeed, the innovative changes that the incumbent DGP had introduced in the Police department are remarkable and he had endeared himself to the people, especially the netizens through his interactions with them on social media, the NPF stated.
“Patton’s discomfiture with such an incorruptible and impartial officer is understandable considering that he, Patton, is known for nepotism, favouritism and unscrupulous style of functioning”.
Therefore, in the interest of not only the department but the whole State the PDA Government must rescind Patton’s attempts to replace the incumbent DGP. Moreover, the excuses furnished by Patton to the Union Home Minister are flimsy and clearly exposes the malafide intentions of the Deputy Chief Minister. Rather than look into the number of years an officer has served, he should consider the performance index of the officer.
Also the PDA Government must keep in mind the ruling of the Supreme Court on a PIL in 2006 in the case of Prakash Singh Vs Union of India where it noted that “The Director General of Police of the State… once he has been selected for the job, he should have a minimum tenure of at least two years irrespective of his date of superannuation.”
It is not that the NPF has anything against the proposed officer to replace the incumbent. It is just that the ill-designs of the Deputy Chief Minister/ Home Minister are obvious and the kind of changes he has in mind to usher in will surely not auger well for the department or the State, the NPF maintained.
Sharma, a 1992 Batch IPS officer, was appointed as DGP in November last. He succeeded LL Doungel, who assumed office on November 26, 2014 on deputation from West Bengal.
Patton requested that the MHA consider posting an officer of sufficient seniority from other cadre as DGP Nagaland and recommended Lungriading (AM.190) to be considered for deputation to the State as DGP.

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