Jammu: The casual approach of the government in running women’s police stations in the state have been exposed through an RTI reply.
The data provided by the Jammu Police discloses that there are around 5 dozen vacancies in just 3 Women Police Stations. These women police stations include women P/S Gandhinagar, Jammu, Rajouri and Udhampur.
In an official correspondence from the Zonal Police Headquarters -Jammu (dated 17/03/2017 ) to applicant Raman Sharma in response to his plea under Right to Information Act, the Public Information Officer of the ZPHQ-Jammu has informed that there are at least 57 vacancies out of total 152 sanctioned strength in these 3 police stations .
The maximum shortage of staff is at WPS Udhampur, where against sanctioned strength of total 52 only 29 officials are actually posted at present. No Sub Inspector, Assistant Sub Inspector is posted there whereas there are 2 vacancies of ASIs and one SI. However there are 8 Head Constables deputed whereas sanctioned strength is 6. In case of the selection grade constables and constables there is almost 50 percent deficiency , the required number is 32 whereas only 11 Constables and 6 Sg.cts. are posted here.
The WPS Gandhinagar of district Jammu also running short of staff, against sanctioned strength of total 48 Cops, the actual strength is 32 having a deficiency of 16. Out of 30 posts of Selection grade constables and constables there are only 14 Jawans posted. There is also shortage of one SI and 4 Head Constables.
Women Police Station Rajouri also suffering from deficiency of adequate staff, the present strength of staff is 34 whereas the actual sanctioned strength is 52, there is deficiency of 3 Head Constables and 15 Constables. Two posts of operators are also lying vacant in this police station.
While offering his comment over the RTI revelation, Raman Sharma, the information seeker have expressed displeasure over the deficiency of staff there in WPS, he said it is highly irresponsible state of affairs that Jammu and Kashmir government is not even concerned over such a serious issue relating to women folk. He said in absence of adequate staff it becomes very difficult for In Charge of the Police station to run it properly and the ultimate sufferers are victim women who go to these WPS with high hope of help and assistance.
It is pertinent to mention here that last month also in an RTI reply the Police Headquarters have informed that out of total 215 police stations spread across the state only 7 are headed by lady officers.