Tripura Law Minister blames former State Govt. for failing to follow recruitment protocols
AGARTALA | JULY 24, 2020:
Tripura Law Minister, Ratan Lal Nath, on Friday, July 24, alleged that the former government failed to follow protocols, rules and regulations concerning the recruitment process for Tripura Police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel in the state.
Nath made the statement in response to the criticism against the recruitment policies of the 1,100 Special police officers (SPO) by the state government.
"During the previous government's regime, the selection process was divided into two parts – 60 marks for written and 40 for the interview. But no marks were awarded for the physical tests and according to the rules and regulations, the exams should include 60 marks for writing, 30 for physical and 10 for the interview," Nath said.
The minister also alleged that even though the Supreme Court and MHA had asked all state governments to implement the Transparent Recruitment Process (TRP), the then state government did not follow it. He claimed that there was no video recording and no fingerprint system either.
"The recruitment of police and TSR personnel by the previous left front government since 2009 had been marked by large-scale corruption and nepotism to ensure that people affiliated with the CPIM got selected. The present state government is following all rules and regulations imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Supreme Court," Nath said.
"When the BJP government formed in the state, the government started working transparently. For this purpose, the State Government has called for a tender for hiring technical expertise and equipment for conducting recruitment rallies especially physical tests," he said.
Concerning the recruitment of 1,100 SPOs, Nath stated that the recruitment does not go against the vacant posts under the Police Department.
"The state government has taken it separately. The police benefit from this including the unemployed youth as the State Government will soon recruit constables for the vacant posts," Nath said.