Friday, May 29, 2009

Adopt foolproof recruitment system: PC tells CRPF

29 May 2009, 0230 hrs IST, TNN



NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of recent recruitment scam in the CRPF, the Union home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday asked the largest paramilitary
force of the country to "adopt a foolproof recruitment system" so that only deserving candidates could join the high-demanding force.

In a stern message, he also said that he hoped this (the alleged scam in the recruitment) was the last.

Chidambaram's remarks assume significance as not just the CRPF but other paramilitay forces too are in the process of embarking on a large-scale recruitment drive. All the paramilitary forces -- including BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB -- will recruit as many as 1.35 lakh personnel by next year.

Pointing out that paramilitary forces will emerge as the largest government recruiter in the next five years, Chidambaram said: "Security forces should adapt a fool-proof recruitment system as it is the real test of leadership. The recruitment process should be clean."

He said the problems of naxalism and extremism could not be fought with "weak" candidates who may be selected due to corrupt practices.

The home minister also heard suggestions given by CRPF officers who made a detailed presentation regarding their ongoing efforts to streamline their operational and intelligence system.

Earlier this month, five persons, including an inspector-general of the force, were arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting bribes for making in recruitments.

Addressing the top brass of CRPF, Chidambaram emphasised the need for "planned operations" to get "significant" results against naxals and extremists.

The home minister also asked the officers to remain "more vigilant" and keep close track of extremists and naxal activities in their areas.

Briefing the minister about the steps being taken by the force, CRPF chief A S Gill said: "Innovative steps are being taken by the force to introduce new Global Information System (GIS) solutions and improve the database which would facilitate best operational delivery."

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