The Supreme Court today cleared an important plan presented by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The plan provides details of filling thousands of vacancies in the police force in Uttar Pradesh. It may be recalled that soon after becoming the Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath had announced that every year his government will be recruiting around 33,000 constables and sub-inspectors. At this rate, the vacancies would be entirely filled by September 2021, he had said. While approving the plan, the Supreme Court said that in case there are delays in executing the plan, the responsibility for the same would be on the Principal Secretary or senior-most bureaucrat in the Home Ministry.
The plan presented by UP government comes in the wake of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that was filed in 2013. The petition had pointed out to the large number of vacancies that existed in the police force in various states. The petition had argued that these vacancies were directly linked with the rising crime graph in various states. Responding to the petition, the Supreme Court had observed that there are around 5.52 lakh vacancies in the police force in various states. Uttar Pradesh has the largest number of vacancies in police force, totaling 1.5 lakh.