IPS, IAS & IFS facing discrimination in Nagaland


The Indian civil services officers are feeling a sense of discrimination in Nagaland as they are not getting a promotion to cadres posts due to them in the northeastern state. From Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) are said to be feeling the heat due to alleged "Naga versus outsider" discrimination, as an officer of the state pointed out.

The department of personnel and training and union home ministry have received representations from the IPS of Nagaland cadre, seeking centre’s intervention to end the career stifling anomaly of not getting cadre posts despite eligibility which tantamounts to injustice, said government sources.

On April 24, an MHA under secretary wrote to Nagaland chief secretary Pankaj Kumar, asking him to look into the denial of promotion to cadres posts and send the status report to the ministry urgently. Kumar was not available for comments despite attempts to reach him on his phone.

DGP Nagaland LL Doungel did not find much merit in the IPS officers charge that they were being denied promotional avenues. Speaking to DH over the phone, Doungel said “that is not quite so as it is made out to be. Officers came here and keep changing their cadre so the vacancies have to be filled by state cadre police officers”.

Doungel, who is on deputation to Nagaland from his parent West Bengal cadre, said: “It’s a long story” and abruptly disconnected the conversation when asked why promotion scale has been denied to the IPS officers.

The IPS officers have also petitioned DGP Nagaland to get their pending promotion to become Superintendents of Polices (SPs) – the rank from where cadre post starts till the topmost slot in the state. From SP to the DGP, there are over three dozen posts for the IPS officers. At the SP level alone, 19 posts are reserved for the IPS, said government sources but currently, hardly five are with the IPS including state promotee officers. The remaining are with Nagaland cadre service police officers.

In the representation, the 2012 batch police officers have claimed that since “senior time scale”, which entitles them to get cadre posts, have been withheld since 2016 they have not got promotion. 

IAS officers are confronted with more or less similar situation as a large number of them too have not been given deputy collectors posts.

The state refused to accept Indian Forest Service probationer Palve Vijay Triambak was allotted Nagaland cadre. Environment and forest secretary of Nagaland Imtienla AO wrote to the director of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy that "the state government is not in a position to accommodate any new direct recruit IFS officers for the time being due to some technical problem in cadre management in the state".

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