Punjab State Police Complaints Authority approved by Punjab cabinet
KI Singh/ royalpatiala.in/ Batala
The way has been cleared for appointments to be made to the State Police Complaints Authority and Divisional Police Complaints Authorities under ‘The Punjab Police Act, 2007’, with the state Cabinet on Thursday approving the Punjab Police (Appointment of Chairperson and Members of Complaints Authorities), Rules, 2019.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Section 54 provides that an officer of the rank either of Chief Secretary or Secretary to Government of India or Director General of Police can be appointed as the Chairperson of the State Police Complaints Authority. The other two members could be in the rank of Principal Secretary/ADGP or persons from academic/social work/law and public affairs field. One of the three persons has to be a woman.
Under the rules, the Divisional Police Complaints Authorities are to be headed by Chairperson and two other members. Officers of the rank of the Secretary or DIG can be appointed as Chairperson, whereas the other members have to be drawn from officers of the rank of SSP or persons from academic/social work/law and public affairs field.
The State Police Complaints Authority provides for constitution of a Selection Committee headed by Chief Secretary as its Chairperson, with Additional Chief Secretary Home and nominee of the Advocate General, Punjab, as Members, while the Secretary or Special Secretary Home shall be its Member Secretary.
The Selection Committee will invite applications, and after their scrutiny, prepare a list of candidates to be recommended for the offices of Chairperson and Members. The list will be submitted to Government, which shall make the appointments.