Nagaland only state in India with surplus police personnel: Report

According to the ‘Data on Police Organizations’ released by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), Nagaland is the only State in India with more police force than sanctioned. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/@TuensangPolice | For representational purpose)
According to the ‘Data on Police Organizations’ released by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), Nagaland is the only State in India with more police force than sanctioned. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/@TuensangPolice | For representational purpose)

1,375 personnel more than sanctioned strength

Morung Express News
Dimapur | January 8

With an actual force of 28,113 personnel against the sanctioned strength of 26,738, Nagaland is the only state or Union Territory in India with surplus police personnel, informed an official report published by an agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

As a result, the Nagaland Police (Civil + District Armed Reserve (Dar) + Spl. Armed + IRB) has a surplus of 1375 personnel, informed the latest ‘Data on Police Organizations’ released recently by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D).

All other states and UTs have vacancies ranging from 54 in the UT of Lakshadweep to 1, 11,865 in Uttar Pradesh, the report said.

The status was as on January 1, 2020, the report said. 

In the North-East, the vacancies was highest in Assam at 5,434, followed by Tripura (6,925), Manipur (5634), Mizoram (3,205), Arunachal Pradesh (2737), Sikkim (810) and Meghalaya (1739).

In India, the total sanctioned strength of State Police forces (Civil + District Armed Reserve (Dar) + Spl. Armed + IRB) was 26,23,225, while the actual strength was 20,91,488, denoting a shortfall of 5,31,737, the report added. 

Plot twist 
The surplus workforce was however in the constabulary only. As per the report, the shortfall was at the head constable to IGP level. For instance, there were 2 vacancies of IGP rank or 10 against the sanctioned strength of 12. 

Vacancies at other ranks were as follows:  DIG (1), Assistant /Deputy Superintendent of Police (36), Inspector/RI (6), Sub-Inspector/RSI (19), Assistant SI/ARSI (21), and Head Constable (14). 

However, with an actual strength of 4153 against sanctioned strength of 3837, there was a surplus of 316 at the Constable level.  

Data on ‘Sanctioned and Actual Strength of different ranks in DAR’ also informed there was a shortfall of 2 in AIGP/SSP/SP/Commandant rank; 1 ASP/Dy.SP, 6 Inspector/RI, 10 Assistant SI/ARSI. 

However, there were surplus of 54 Head Constables (741:795) and 688 Constables (1,642: 2,330). 

Women personnel
The total strength of women police personnel in Nagaland at 2,793 or 9.74 percent of the total strength was lower than the national ratio. The total of women personnel across the country was 2,15,504 denoting 10.34 percent of the country-wide total. 

As per the report, the highest ranking women officer in the “Civil Police” in Nagaland was SI/RSI, where there were 36 personnel.  

In DAR, there were 3 women at AIGP/SSP/SP/Commandant level, while there was 1 with same rank in Special Armed Police Battalion and 6 in IRB.

There is one all-women IR (India Reserve) Battalion in Nagaland.