MoHA begins process to promote police personnel

Kathmandu, June 22

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Nepal Police have finally initiated the process of promoting over 4,000 personnel to posts ranging from head constable to additional inspector general of police.

Secretariat of Promotion Committee at NP Headquarters today published a list of 210 assistant sub-inspectors who were recommended for promotion to sub-inspectors as per Rule 27 (4) of the Police Regulations, 2016.

At least 4,336 posts of head constables, SIs, DSPs, SPs, SSPs, DIGs and AIGs have been lying vacant after the promotion process got delayed due to the writ petition filed by DIG Nawa Raj Silwal against the appointment of Prakash Aryal as IGP at the Supreme Court. The case is sub judice in the apex court.

Sources alleged that home and police administration’s inaction, and lack of collaboration and coordination and political intervention in the security agency had obstructed the promotion process. Vacant posts of constable, ASI and inspector are filled through open competition while the vacancies for head constable, SIs, DSPs, SPs, SSPs, DIGs, AIGs and IGP are filled through promotions.

A high-level official at NP Headquarters said the process of promoting personnel would be accomplished by mid-July. “The process of promotion has started and will continue,” he informed. The MoHA and NP are also preparing to promote SIs, inspectors, DSPs, SPs, SSPs, DIGs and AIGs respectively after Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma warned that further delay in their promotion would lower the morale security personnel.

NP enjoys the power to promote officials upto the post of SPs, while the MoHA in association with the Cabinet handle the promotion of SSPs, DIGs, AIGs and IGP. The post of seven AIGs, four DIGs, 18 SSPs, 16 SPs, 91 DSPs and 111 inspectors, 287 SIs and 497 head constables have been lying vacant since March, said the official.