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Despite a heavy Police staff, Haryana's law and order situation poor
Once upon a time Inspector General level cops used to head the Haryana Police. But now with more than a dozen cops at the rank of Director Generals and a battery of additional director generals of Police, Haryana, a tiny state having only ten members of Parliament has practically become a Police State.

While four cops have been adjusted on the posts of DGP, DG- CID, DG- Jails and DG- Crime; while rest are assigned insignificant assignments in the departments of Home Guards, litigations and police reforms etc. It is interesting to mention that PV Rathi, DGP rank officer after his retirement is working as adviser of Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Another retired DGP, Ranjeev Dalal is heading Haryana Institution of Public Administration.

Both are blue eyed boys of CM Hooda. It is jokingly said in the political, administrative and media circles that worried over deteriorating law and order situation, Hooda would give charge of two districts to one Director General rank officer for effectively maintaining the Law and order situation. And then there will be fierce lobbying among the Director Generals for getting prize postings.

Other jokes making round in corridors of powers is that taking cue from earlier practice of appointment of Inspector General rank cops to head police ranges, now ranges and commissionaires could be headed by Director General rank officers. ADGP ranks officers could be appointed as district police chiefs, inspector general rank officers as deputy superintendent of police and DIG rank officers could be posted as SHOs, thus leaving no place for SP rank officers. And in such situation SP rank officers could be appointed as in-charge of Police posts.

A retired Haryana cadre DG rank cop told that some of the DG rank officers will be happy to be posted as SHOs of Gulha, Mewat and Gurgaon etc. due to flourishing illegal business of poppy husk, stones and builders.

Haryana has a battery of Chief Secretaries and Additional Chief Secretaries. Again it is jokingly said that now additional chief secretaries could be appointed as deputy commissioners. In Hooda's number one Haryana a large number of IAS officers have been given post retirement assignments to head bodies like Information Commission, Human Rights Commission, Public Service Commission and as advisors.

Now after loosing mandate in Lok Sabha polls, Hooda is going to appoint half a dozen loyal officers on various posts. Again in Haryana, Chief Secretaries used to be on adhoc basis.

The State was carved out of Punjab in November,1966. According to Haryana Police website at that time it comprised of one police range and six districts and had a strength of 12, 156 personnel. Today the State is divided in four ranges, three police commissionaires-Ambala-Panchkula, Gurgaon and Faridabad and 17 districts besides the Railway police district.

Now it has a total strength of 56979 (Gazetted Officers, Inspectors, Sub Inspectors, Assistant Sub Inspectors, Head Constables and Constables). Besides thousands of cops are currently being recruited by a politically appointed recruitment board comprising of Congress workers loyal to CM. What type of recruitment it will make could be anybody's guess. To add salt to the injury, despite a too much heavy staff, law and order situation has become worst in the State.

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