Home Ministry Says There Is A Shortage Of Five Lakh Policemen Across The CountryPolicemen outside the Bombay High Court (Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via GettyImages)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday (18 June) told the Parliament that there was a shortage of five lakh policemen across the country against their sanctioned strength. The MHA also said that the strength of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers in the country was far lesser than the sanctioned strength.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said, “As on 1 January 2017, there are 3,905 IPS officers in position against an authorised strength of 4,843”. He further went on to say that based on data from the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), there are 17,31,666 police personnel against a sanctioned strength of 22,80,691.

Around 150 IPS officers are recruited every year with the Centre monitoring the strength and composition of state cadres every five years. Review of 11 cadres has already been notified by the central government since 2014.

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