New Delhi, July 8: As per reports, 5.43 lakh police posts were vacant in India as on January 1, 2018 out of which 1.29 lakh vacancies were from Uttar Pradesh alone. While, Nagaland was the only state where actual strength of police personnel exceeded the sanctioned strength.
Bureau of Police Research and Development data on vacancies in police organisations shows that the sanctioned strength of 24,84,170 police personnel across all states and Union territories as on January 1, 2018, where only 19,41,473 posts were occupied.
As per the report, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Telangana and Maharashtra have a high shortage of police personnel.
While, in Delhi 11,819 posts vacant in its police were vacant. Being the capital of the country, the sanctioned strength of Delhi Police is higher than that of police in states such as Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha and Telangana.Moreover, Uttar Pradesh, only had 2,85,540 personnel in service out of sanctioned 4,14,492 posts in its police. Which means 1,28,952 posts were vacant.Interestingly, Nagaland police is the only force in the country which is overstaffed as it has 941 more personnel than its sanctioned strength of 21,292 posts.Naxal-affected Chhattisgarh has 11,916 posts vacant, while Odisha has 10,322 vacant posts.
In Jammu and Kashmir, out of sanctioned strength of 87,882 posts, 10,044 posts vacant.
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