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Over 12,000 posts in police department lying vacant: RTI query

As many as 12,115 posts in Maharashtra Police department are lying vacant out of which the highest 2,708 vacancies are of sub-inspectors, an RTI query has revealed.

There are total 2,19,986 posts in Maharashtra Police department out of which 2,07,871 are filled. There are a total of 12,115 posts lying vacant, Public Information Officer P K Ghuge said in response to a RTI query filed by activist Anil Galgali to DGP of Maharashtra state police force headquarters.

Galgali had sought information on the total number of employees as well as sanctioned and vacant posts in the police department.

The police department has 6,951 sub-inspectors presently, whereas the required number is 9,659. Thus, 2,708 posts of police sub-inspectors are lying vacant.

Besides, three posts of additional DG out of 25 are vacant, whereas eight posts of special inspector general of police are not filled out of total 47.

The other posts lying vacant include five out of 36 of deputy inspector general, both posts of inspector general (technical), 30 out of 265 of superintendent of police/deputy commissioner of police, 209 out of 686 deputy superintendent of police/assistant commissioner of police (unarmed), 50 out of 87 for armed deputy superintendent, 471 out of 4,447 of assistant police inspector and 1,030 out of 18,804 of assistant sub-inspector.

Galgali also sought information about the number of Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim officers in Maharashtra Police.

Ghuge informed that the recruitments were not done on the basis of religion, but on different caste categories.

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