Over one lakh posts are lying vacant in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the vacancies have occurred mostly due to retirement, resignation and deaths, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the BSF has the highest number of vacancies -- 28,926 -- followed by the CRPF at 26,506, the Central Industrial Security Force at 23,906, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at 18,643, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at 5,784 and the Assam Rifles at 7,328.
"Vacancies in CAPFs and Assam Rifles arise due to retirement, resignation, death, new raising, creation of new posts, cadre reviews, etc. Majority of these vacancies are in the grade of constable," he said replying to a written question.
Rai said there exists a well-established procedure to fill up these vacancies like through direct recruitment, promotion and by deputation, as per the extant provisions of Recruitment Rules.
The minister said the government has taken expeditious steps to fill up the vacancies in CAPFs, which is an ongoing continuous process.
At present, the process of recruitment for 60,210 posts of constables, 2,534 posts of sub-inspectors through the Staff Selection Commission and 330 posts of assistant commandants through the Union Public Service Commission is underway, he said.