Despite the large number of vacancies in the security forces, the pace of recruitment is sluggish. In 2018, the process for recruitment of 54,953 personnel started in all the security forces. Despite having written and physical examination, vacancies have not been filled till now. Sources say that the review medical process is going on. The government wants the process to be completed as soon as possible. On the other hand, an organization associated with paramilitary forces has raised the matter of delay in appointment before the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Vacancies on which process remains
In the year 2018, there were 14,436 vacancies in BSF, CISF 180, CRPF 19,972, 6,521 in SSB, 3,507 in ITBP and 2,311 posts in AR under male category. Their advertisement was released in August 2018. A total of 47,307 posts were declared vacant for constables in male category. Advertisements for the recruitment of 7,646 posts were released for women. The total vacant positions advertised in the year 2018 were 54,953. Of these, 8,172 posts are of SC category, while 4,325 posts are for ST. 10,215 vacancies were reported for OBCs. A total of 24,595 posts were to be filled in the unreserved category.
Question on delay
Ranbir Singh, general secretary of the Confederation of a Paramilitary Force Welfare Association, says that the old vacant posts were not filled for two years. Meanwhile, new vacancies also became security forces. He feared that some candidates are getting older due to delay in appointment. He said that the matter has been brought to the notice of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Old recruitment stuck, one lakh posts vacant
Between two years of pending recruitment, the number of vacant posts has crossed one lakh due to retirement and other reasons. The Home Ministry itself gave this information in the Parliament. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai had said that the Border Security Force (BSF) has the most vacancies (28,926). This was followed by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) (26,506), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) (23,906), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) (18,643), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) (5,784) and Assam (7328) Posts in Rifles are vacant.
Process continues on 60 thousand posts
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the process of recruitment for 60,210 posts of constables is under process of recruitment of 2,534 posts of sub-inspectors through Staff Selection Commission and 330 posts of Assistant Commandants through Union Public Service Commission. According to the Home Ministry, vacancies arise due to retirement, resignation, death, creation of new units, creation of new posts, cadre review etc. Most of these vacancies are in the constable grade.