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Haryana DGP refuses to reply to an RTI on recruitment of new cops
Taking cover of section 8 (1) of the Right to Information Act, Haryana's Director General of Police has denied to divulge any information regarding the selection criteria adopted by it, to recurit new cops in the state's police force.

An RTI activist Captain Pawan Kumar Anchal of Bhiwani has sought the information from the recruitment board, which forwarded his application to the DGP office while stating that it does not fall within its jurisdiction.

Activist P.P. Kappor has wondered that how such an important information directly connected with the law and order situation and lives of people is denied under the cover of section 8(1) of R.T.I. Act.

Recalled that first time in history of Haryana, chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda had constituted a recruitment board comprising mostly of the Congress workers and his loyalists for recruitment of cops.

Board has issued advertisement and is in process of recruitment. It was widely believed that Hooda allegedly wanted to flood the Haryana Police with his loyalists belonging to old Rohtak district, which used to have present Jhajjar and Sonipat districts which is his political base.

Worried over the development, Anchal in his capacity as President of Bhiwani Sudhar and Vikas Samiti and its Secretary Anil Kumar Sharma have drawn the attention of Chief Minister Hooda towards the improper criteria adopted by the Board regretting that in a developed state like Haryana, Police recruitment is going on without following the transparent recruitment process that is recommended and approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He had pointed out that no provision of written test has been kept for checking the intellectual and general ability up to the standard of their qualifications. He had apprehended that influence of corruption, nepotism, partiality, political interference, bias etc will also find its way in present criteria which is against the interest of the State and its citizens adding that good governance can be achieved only by selection and appointment of honest and able officers and same can be possible if selection process is objective.

Having failed to get selection criteria from Board, Anchal again wrote to Hooda that apprehension of corrupt practise, favouritism and nepotism cannot be ruled out during the selection of constables.

He requested Hooda to ensure that recruitment is made as per transparent recruitment process in the interest of the State and its citizens, while reminding him that it is the duty of every State to select and appoint best officers and staff in public service for the welfare of the state and its citizens as defined by the Constitution of India.

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