Shimla: Flouting rules blatantly that the government itself had framed, the state cabinet at a recent meeting cleared a proposal for direct recruitment of a son of a deceased police official into the rank of inspector on compassionate grounds.
Highly placed government officials disclosed that the cabinet at its last meeting had approved the direct induction of deceased ADGP BS Thind’s son as inspector into the police department.
When contacted chief secretary Sudripta Roy confirmed that the cabinet had indeed approved appointment of deceased police officer BS Thind’s son into the police force as an inspector. “The appointment was being made on compassionate grounds,” said Roy.
Sources privy to the matter disclosed that there were no rules or such precedent of direct recruitment of police inspectors.
“In fact for past many years the posts were being filled up only by way of promotion. Besides, even if one wanted to fill up these positions by way of direct recruitment, one had to pass the rigorous selection procedures of HP Service Selection Board or HP Public Service Commission’s for different categories of available vacant positions,” said the officer, on conditions of anonymity.
Moreover the state rules for being inducted into government service on compassionate grounds provided for a maximum annual family income limit, which too had been overlooked in this case.
The family was already drawing over Rs 40,000 as pension, which was more than the annual family income that would entitle the beneficiary for being considered for state government service on compassionate grounds, said the source.
The former police officer BS Thind, having been suspended from service, had died of heart failure while attending a court hearing in the city.