Bengal to create 7,500 new posts in police, 700 in Finance dept

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011

The new appointments are expected to create further pressure on the already strained State finances. According to the State Finance department, the State has already run up a debt of Rs 1.69 lakh crore.

The West Bengal government is planning to create over 7,500 new posts in the police department to tackle law and order issues in Kolkata and the Naxalite affected district of West Midnapore. Also on the cards is the creation of 700 new posts in the State Finance department to facilitate revenue collection.

Of the 7,500 police posts created, 668 personnel will be posted under the Jhargram sub-division of East Midnapore while the remaining 6,900 will be for areas under the jurisdiction of the city police (Kolkata Police).

Financial strain

While Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, had time and again mentioned at different industry meetings that maintaining law and order is her priority, the new appointments are expected to create further pressure on the already strained State finances. According to the State Finance department, the State has already run up a debt of Rs 1.69 lakh crore (as on 31 March 2010).

“Plans are on to carry out a socio-economic revival programme where 668 new police posts will be created under the Jhargram sub-division,” Mr Partha Chatterjee told reporters after a Cabinet meeting at Writers' Buildings here on Wednesday.

The appointment of personnel in the police department in the district is a part of the Chief Minister's plans for socio-economic revival of the three Naxalite-affected districts of East Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia (loosely termed as Junglemahal). Ms Banerjee during her recent visit to East Midnapore had announced plans for creating of 10,000 new jobs in the police department for local youths of the district.

According to Mr Chatterjee, the appointments in the city police will be carried out a phased manner with 1,740 personnel being appointed in the first phase. New posts have been created primarily for manning the 17 new police stations – which are expected to come up in the fringe areas of the city – and for increasing the strength of the existing city police force.

CBI courts

It was also decided at the cabinet meeting that 15 new CBI will be set up in the state. Three of these courts are expected to come by the end of 2011.

“While two courts will come up by July end, another one will come up by December this year,” Mr Chatterjee said.

Published on July 20, 2011

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