Cop transferred 59 times in 30 yrs

Creating a record of sorts, a senior Uttar Pradesh cop had to pack his bags as many as 59 times in his 30 year-service giving him and his family very little time to get adjusted to the place of postings in different parts of the state.

K L Meena, a 1983-batch IPS officer, may not have any record in his name other than this one, a dubious one for sure. Meena, however, can take solace from the fact that he is not alone. There are many others who, like him, have been on the move throughout their service period.

There are at least 43 IPS officers in UP who have been transferred more than 40 times in their career. They included two DGs, 14 ADGs, 13 IGs, 10 DIGs and 4 SPs.

These facts were revealed by the government in response to a query under the Right to Information Act. RTI activist Dr Nutan Thakur had sought to know from the state home department about the transfers of senior police officials.

Average number

While the record for maximum transfers among IPS officers in UP is held by Meena, he is closely followed by Kamal Saxena (48 transfers) and Vijay Singh (47).

Due to these frequent transfers, the average number of transfers of 14 DGs in UP comes up to 36.4. An IPS officer becomes DG after around 32 years of service. Hence, on average these DGs were transferred at least once in a year, if not more.

Similarly, ADGs in UP have been transferred on an average 35.9 times so far in their career. This figure stands at 31.8 for IGs and 29.7 for DIGs, said Thakur.

“This is the ground reality in UP, as opposed to the Supreme Court order in the Prakash Singh case which says that the minimum tenure of police officers shall be two years,” she added.

Mass transfers of police personnel have now become a routine of successive UP governments.

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