KATHUA — The Director General of Police (DGP) for Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbagh Singh, on Wednesday said that there is a notable shortfall of approximately 4,000 constables within the police force in Jammu and Kashmir.
This shortage comes in the wake of the administration’s decision to delegate police recruitment to an external agency.
In the past, the police department conducted its recruitment drives internally, but the recent shift to an external agency has resulted in a significant number of unfilled positions within the constabulary. This was stated by the DGP during a security review meeting held in Kathua district, as per the news agency KNS.
Despite the staffing challenges, DGP Singh commended the residents of Kathua and its remote villages for maintaining communal harmony. He acknowledged the hard work of the local populace, many of whom toil in fields and shops to support their livelihoods. He also emphasized that a peaceful atmosphere prevails in the district.
Furthermore, DGP Singh noted the high demand for police recruitment drives in the region, attributing it to the issue of youth unemployment. Historically, the police department has prioritized recruitment efforts in border areas to address security needs.
Responding to inquiries regarding the situation following a recent encounter in Kokernag, where two army officers and a police officer lost their lives, DGP Singh stated that the overall situation remains peaceful, with no significant disruptions.
He also underscored the constant vigilance of the police and security forces in thwarting attempts by neighbouring countries to destabilize peace in the region.