Friday, November 09, 2007

Govt brings amendment in Police Regulations

The government has made the 12th amendment to Nepal Police Regulations, 2049 BS, making provision of reservation for women and marginalized groups while recruiting police personnel through open competition.
The amendment, set to come into effect this week has also authorized the Police Chief to transfer police officials up to the rank of Superintendent of Police, a move that Home Ministry officials claim will help make the concerned district unit chiefs accountable and ensure effective law and order in the country.
Earlier, the police chief could transfer officials up to the level of Inspector while the Home Ministry could reshuffle senior level police officers.
As per the amendment, all police constables and followers will be recruited through open competition, while only 50 percent vacancies of Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASI) and Police Inspectors will be filled through this process.
The amended police regulation has made provision for 32 percent reservation for indigenous nationalities, 28 percent for Madhesis and 20 percent for women candidates in recruitment through open competition. Likewise, it has ensured 15 percent reservation for Dalits and 5 percent for those hailing from backward regions.
The backward regions, as stated in the amended regulation, include Accham, Kalikot, Jajarkot, Jumla, Dolpa, Bajhang, Bajura, Mugu and Humla districts.
The changes come in line with agreements reached between the government and various agitating groups including Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) in the recent past.
In terms of accountability and efficiency in the police force, the amended provision allowing the Police Chief to transfer up to Superintendent Level police officers is the most important.
Officials at the Home Ministry said the provision was brought in as per demand made by Police Headquarters. "This will help realize the concept of right man in the right place," claimed an official.
Senior police officials at Nepal Police Headquarters said there was a trend among district in-charges not to cooperate fully in times of need due to the existing provision. The newly introduced provision will enable the police chief to call back such officials and depute someone else to maintain effective law and order, said officials.
Currently, Superintendent of Police (SP) level officers act as chief of various 28 tarai districts including Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kaski while Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) level officers head the remaining districts in the country.
As per the regulation, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) is authorized to transfer police officials up to inspector level in his region. With the implementation of this amendment, the government can now transfer only 80 senior officials in the total 53,557 police force. This includes 55 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), 19 Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs), and 6 Additional Inspector Generals (AIGs).

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