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Govt to send probable names to UPSC

Appointment of New DGP

SHILLONG: The State Security Commission (SSC) met here on Wednesday and decided to recommend several eligible names to UPSC according to seniority for the appointment of new DGP.
The role of UPSC came to the fore after the recent verdict of the Supreme Court that was to prevent any political interference in the appointment of DGP.
An official source said the UPSC will send back three shortlisted names following which the state government will appoint the DGP.
DGP SB Singh, whose service has been extended for three months, will retire on July 31.
The SSC chaired by the chief minister discussed about the recent ruling of the Supreme Court and the steps to be taken on the DGP’s appointment.
In the meeting, views of the Law Department were also discussed.
The Apex Court was against the practice of states appointing acting DGPs. The July 3 order of the court also said before appointing the new DGPs, states will have to approach the UPSC at least three months before the retirement of the sitting DGPs.
However, since there is shortage of time as Singh is set to retire on July 31 and the court order came on July 3, the UPSC may fast track the decision once the panel gets the names from the state government.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had directed all the states and union territories to send names of senior police officers to the UPSC for being considered as probable candidates for the post of DGP.
While the senior most in the Assam-Meghalaya IPS cadre is Y.C. Modi (1984), who is on central deputation, others are PS Purohit (1985) also on central deputation, Raghvendra Awasthi (1985), Director General (Civil Defence & Home Guards), R.P. Agrawal (1986), Director General (Prisons), B L Buam (1987) Additional DGP (CID), B.R. Rana (1990) Additional DGP (Headquarters/Administration and I. Nongrang (1992) on central deputation. The current DGP was of 1986 batch.

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