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One in five IPS posts lying vacant, RTI reveals

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Lucknow: A day after the Civil Services examination results were announced and the country got some new raring-to-go IPS (Indian Police Service) officers, a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that there is a huge shortfall of police officers across the country.

In response to a poser by Lucknow-based social activist Sanjay Sharma, the home ministry has disclosed that 906 posts meant for IPS officials are lying vacant across the country.

Of these 129 vacancies alone are in Uttar Pradesh. There are 4,754 posts for IPS officers in the country and of this, only 3,848 have been filled. Sharma said he had sent an RTI query to the home ministry on May 17 seeking a detailed breakup and actual status on IPS postings.

“I am shocked to learn that there is such a huge shortfall of IPS officers in the country. All the time governments cry and crib about spiralling crime and failing law and order, but it is amazing to know that no one has since given a serious thought to this shortfall,” Sharma told IANS.

The reply also reveals that of the 517 IPS posts in UP, 129 are lying vacant, while in West Bengal, of the 347 sanctioned posts, 98 are lying vacant.

Odisha has 79, Maharashtra 62 and Karnataka 59 posts lying vacant, the RTI response said. After the separation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh has 144 posts, of which 26 are vacant, and in Telangana, 21 of the 112 sanctioned posts are without an incumbent.

In the response, J.B. Yadav, the ministry’s deputy secretary (Police), also said that in none of the 26 cadres in the country is there a 100 percent filling of posts – with 19 percent lying vacant across the country.

What appears to be more shocking in the RTI is the fact that Home Minister Rajnath Singh had, in June 2014, acknowledged the shortfall and asked his officials to prepare a blueprint to bridge the yawning gap.

In percentage terms, Odisha accounts for the highest vacancies (42), followed by Nagaland (37), Jammu & Kashmir (33), Manipur (32), Karnataka (29), West Bengal (28), and Uttar Pradesh (25).

The least vacant IPS posts are in Rajasthan and Sikkim. The direct intake of IPS officials was 103 in 2005, 130 in 2008 and 150 in 2009. In 2013, the number was 145 and in 2014 there were 145 IPS probationers.

A year later, there seems to have been very little movement on this front. ‘Acche Din’ for these posts seemingly will have to wait a little longer!

(IANS)

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Was Taj Mahal Once a Shiva Temple? The Debate over the Tomb Continues

According to some historians, Taj Mahal was incipiently a Shiva Temple offered to the Mughals as a form of the gift by a Rajput king

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New Delhi, August 16, 2017: The famous monument from the Mughal era, Taj Mahal is once more in contention as the Central Information Commission (CIC) has requested the Central government to clear up unequivocally whether it is a tomb or a Shiva Temple. An RTI came to the CIC regarding the same, in response to which the quasi-constitutional body solicited answers from the culture minister.

But where did this question come from and what is the source?

According to some historians, Taj Mahal was incipiently a Shiva Temple offered to the Mughals as a form of the gift by a Rajput king. The hypothesis says that the temple was later formed into the monument that dwells graves of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his adored wife Mumtaz Mahal, mentioned IndiaNews.

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In 2015, a case was recorded in Agra by six lawyers, requesting that the tomb ought to be given over to Hindus for worship. The litigation solicited to forbid Islamic religious actions performed in the monument and remove the graves.

PN Oak, a revisionist historian also made the claim in his 1989  book “Taj Mahal” that the name Taj Mahal was procured from a Sanskrit word “Tejo Mahalay’ meaning a Shiva Temple.

The Cultural Minister Mahesh Sharma denied the claims in response to the question put forward to him that the Seventh wonder of the world was a Shiva Temple.


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Nearly 35 percent paucity of teachers in 23 IITs: RTI

Gaud stated that currently, IITs stand at 1:16 student-teacher ratio while they are trying to attain 1:10 student teacher ratio

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Indore, February 15, 2017: “As against sanctioned strength of 7,744 teachers, 5,072 teachers are teaching 82,603 students in 23 IITs. This means 2,672 posts are lying vacant which is 35 per cent,” Neemuch-based activist Chandrashekhar Gaud told citing a reply from an official in Union HRD ministry. The break up was provided till 1st October, 2016

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An RTI inquiry unveiled that around 35 percent of posts of teachers are remaining vacant in 23 IITs in the entire country.

Gaud stated that currently, IITs stand at 1:16 student-teacher ratio while they are trying to attain 1:10 student teacher ratio.

According to “Super 30” founder, Anand Kumar spoke, “the government opened new IITs in the last couple of years in a haste, but has failed to provide necessary infrastructure like laboratories etc. This is affecting the quality of these IITs, which in long term could affect the brand IIT at a global level.”

According to Gaud, the old IITs too are equally affected by the paucity of teachers.

“In old IITs, 30 per cent posts of teachers are lying vacant at IIT Bombay, Delhi (35%), Guwahati (27%), Kanpur (37%), Kharagpur (46%), Madras (28%), Roorkee (45%) and IIT BHU (47%),” he stated quoting from the HRD reply.

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Only 3935 teachers are working against 6250 posts that accounts 37 per cent lesser than sanctioned strength, in these eight IITs

The paucity of teachers in IIT Bhubaneshwar is 35%, IIT Gandhinagar (11%), IIT Hyderabad (16%), IIT Jodhpur (39%), IIT Patna (20%), IIT Raipur (24%), IIT Tirupati (39%), IIT Palakkad (28%) and IIT Dhanbad (36%).

 

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Rs 6 Crore allocated for propagation of Right to Information (RTI) Act for the ongoing Fiscal

Up to November 26, the government has spent an amount of Rs 3.94 crore out of the total allocation for this fiscal

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New Delhi, Dec 1, 2016: The Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday that a sum of Rs six crore has been allocated for the propagation of Right to Information (RTI) Act for the ongoing fiscal.

For 2016-17, the budget allocation is marginally high from the last fiscal’s Rs 5.27 crore but very low from Rs 21 crore earmarked for the year 2014-15, according to a written reply by the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in the lower House, mentioned PTI.

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Up to November 26, the government has spent an amount of Rs 3.94 crore out of the total allocation for this fiscal, it said.

The then UPA government brought the RTI Act that empowers the citizens to seek time-bound reply on governance-related information, failing to which actions are taken.

– prepared by NewsGram with PTI inputs