LAHORE The provincial police chief is yet to convince the chief minister to avoid making direct recruitment of over 300 Inspectors and 150 DSPs through Punjab Public Service Commission. He fears the move will create severe disappointment among the police force. I am in favour of direct recruitment of Sub-Inspectors instead of Assistant Sub-Inspectors. But I am strongly against the direct recruitment of any other grade, as the consequences may be quite different, Inspector General of Police Javed Iqbal told this scribe. Informed police sources privy to the development told this paper that IGP Javed Iqbal has presented to the chief minister a performance report of Inspectors and DSPs earlier taken through the direct recruitment process. The report accuses these cops of moral and monetary corruption, misuse of power and extra-judicial killings. On this the chief minister remained silent, they added. They, however, said the decision has yet to be taken by Shahbaz Sharif. But now it would be difficult for the Chief Executive of the province to implement his idea unless he replaces the provincial police chief with another senior cop. The IGP has also chaired four consecutive meetings of Executive Board from Friday to Monday last wherein all the additional IGPs, RPOs and CCPO participated. The sole issue of direct recruitment was discussed thoroughly but no tangible solution came into being. Some of the cops also favoured the Chief Ministers advice but mostly opinioned against the idea terming it absolute negative move against the department, informed sources said. According to the summary of sanctioned police strength of the year 2010, a provincial police chief, 19 Addl IGPs, 40 DIGs, 11 AIGs, 26 SSPs, 213 SPs, 5 CTOs, 2 STOs, 65 ASPs, 809 DSPs, 2924 Inspectors, 581 senior traffic wardens, 6,850 traffic wardens, 8,456 Sub-Inspectors, 6,850 Assistant Sub-Inspectors, 18,826 Head Constables and 125,712 Constables are in line-up with the Punjab Police. Earlier, pertaining to the reports of CID, Lahore Police, organized crime agency CIA, Punjab Police and media regarding ever increasing crime rate across the province, the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had reportedly directed the IGP to fill the posts of Inspectors and DSPs lying vacant in Punjab Police Department through direct recruitment via PPSC. The verbal orders/advice by the chief minister was equally astonishing for the entire police as well as the IGP himself because the promotion of not less than 2,000 Inspectors as DSPs and 150 DSPs to SPs is due, an Additional IGP commented. He further said that a full stop would be marked in the way of promotion of veteran inspectors and DSPs and this move would definitely create distress and promote corruption if newly graduate are hired through direct recruitment. No, we are not against the induction of fresh graduates in the [police] Department, but whats the fault of those [cops] who have been rendering their services for the last 15 to 20 years, he asked. According to the statistics the direct recruitment in Punjab Police Department was made in 1993, 1995 and 1998 but the results were total against the set targets. Four DSPs were inducted by direct recruitment in Sindh in 2008, one among them was a son of a DIG, one was the brother of a minister from Somro family and two others. The move had promoted moral and monetary corruption among the newly inducted cops, who were posted as heads of circles and police stations, the Addl. IGP said. He said DSPs are powerless officers so instead of hiring new DSPs the existing DSPs should be empowered. Yes, instead of making direct recruitment of DSPs, the services of already available 68 ASPs should be utilized for crime fighting, he added. The Addl IGP, however, said only 10 percent inspectors should be inducted by direct recruitment and the rest of vacant posts of inspectors should be filled by providing opportunity to the educated constables, head constables and assistant sub inspectors. Talking to this scribe the Addl IGP Training Mr. Sarmad Saeed said: I endorse the stance of IGP regarding direct recruitment of Sub-Inspectors.