A BLUE-EYED BOY OF BOTH, PARKASH SINGH BADAL AND CAPT. AMARINDER SINGH
Rarely, or may be seldom, has the Punjab government sought to retain the services of a police officer the manner in which it has coveted Suresh Arora, IPS, to continue as the state DGP. Far too more significantly, regardless of the political colour of the government. It must be underlined that Arora was handpicked to head the state police by the then Badal government on October 25, 2015 when the policing in the state had come under cloud in the wake of a series of sacrilege incidents. It was, by all means, a rare distinction that after the Congress government came to power in the state in 2017, Arora continued to be the DGP, something that Punjab had never seen in its past. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh reposed as much faith in him as professional as was done by his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal.
It remains an outstanding achievement of a low-profile and a thorough-professional police officer, which others might envy.
Though, on a large canvass it is a message to the entire seemingly-politicized Punjab police force how working with integrity can transgress political boundaries. The 1982-batch IPS officer, who was among the blue-eyed boys of the then supercop KPS Gill, has always stood out among his peers as a professional who can bend and stand straight in the same breath. Quite affable in his mannerism, Arora never transgressed the limits of law even in the teeth of challenging days of terrorism. While many of his compatriots got entangled in cases of human rights violations that came up during the state’s fight against militancy, Arora was among a few who emerged unscathed. Besides his professional acumen, could it be a pragmatic call from Capt Amarinder Singh to facilitate Arora’s continuation as a DGP? There is no gainsaying the fact that much to the discomfort of the Chief Minister the succession has been far too intense. And it is said that the Chief Minister’s discomfiture is no comfort for the Centre either. Hence, the Centre’s nod to an extension of one year of service to Arora, a precedent of its own sort. At the end, in the annals of the Punjab Police chronicles, Arora would go down the history as, perhaps, the second best DGP of Punjab after KPS Gill with more than five years’ consecutive term as a DGP.
Punjab DGP Suresh Arora gets yet another extension
Punjab police chief Suresh Arora has been given nine-month extension in service by the Centre in public interest, according to a Personnel Ministry order issued Wednesday. The announcement comes on a day when the Supreme Court rejected pleas made by five states, including Punjab, seeking modification of its earlier order on the appointment of heads of the state police.
Arora, a 1982 batch IPS officer, was given three-month extension last year.
Now, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service of Arora as the DGP for an overall period of 12 months beyond the date of his superannuation, which is September 30, 2018, in public interest, according to the Personnel Ministry order. Arora was in 2015 appointed the DGP by the then SAD-BJP government. The apex court had in July last year outlined the procedures for the appointment of regular DGPs in states. According to the Supreme Court verdict, states were required to send a list of senior officers to the Union Public Service. Commission (UPSC) at least three months prior to the retirement of an incumbent. The commission would then prepare a panel and send it to the states for the appointment.
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