Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said a separate cadre of the Punjab Bureau of Investigation will be set up soon as part of police reforms. At a meeting with senior officers here, Badal, who holds the home affairs portfolio, deliberated on the modalities of separation of PBI cadres at sub-division and headquarter levels, an official release said. To establish a separate cadre of the bureau, he asked the home affairs department to lay down conditions for recruitment of specialised police personnel under various categories.
Badal said the state Cabinet has given in-principle approval for the creation of 16,035 posts in the state police which includes 5,249 for the PBI. He said the bureau will work under overall supervision of Director-cum-ADGP with a DIG level officer will be its in-charge. In the districts, the SSPs and the Commissioners of Police would perform the duty of in-charge and the DSP (Investigation) would be in charge at the sub-divisional level. Badal also batted for investigators and detectives to be fully-equipped with latest gadgets for proper probe.
The deputy chief minister said the PBI will have Special Investigation Units, comprising homicide units, crime against women and child unit, cybercrime unit, economic offences unit, special crimes and anti-human trafficking units. He also said a Special Task Force (STF) would be set up to tackle effectively the menace of organised crime. To strengthen the intelligence cadre, he said that 781 new posts have been created having 11 DSPs, 24 inspectors, 66 SIs, 64 ASIs, 116 head constables and 500 constables. He asked the Home Affairs Department to finalise the recruitment rules for this cadre.
Badal said the intelligence personnel should be graduates from recognised universities and additionally have an IT degree. Badal said the creation of 4,425 additional posts including ADCP/SP, ACP/DSP, Inspector, SI, ASI, head constable and constables have also been approved for Ludhiana, Amritsar and Mohali. Besides this, 4,000 constables and 750 constable drivers would also be recruited to strengthen the recently launched Rapid Rural Police Response Scheme in the state.
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