GUWAHATI, July 25 - The Assam Police headquarters here has put on hold transfers and leave applications of police personnel at various levels to maintain maximum possible strength on the ground till the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
This also includes the Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and the other higher rank officials. The total strength of IPS officers in the Assam Police as on today is 109 compared to the sanctioned strength of 135.
Further, the police department has also put an embargo on all kinds of leave applications of the men-in-khakis, unless it is a case of extreme personal or medical emergency.
Sources told The Assam Tribune that the SPs of all the districts have been asked to keep the maximum possible strength at their disposal in view of the second and final draft publication of the NRC scheduled for July 30.
The Assam Police had sought 100 companies of paramilitary forces from the Ministry of Home Affairs in view of the NRC publication.
�The positioning of thana-level staff would be reassessed from time to time. We would try to ensure that the strength remains intact till the NRC is published,� a top Assam Police official said.
�Although, no official order has been issued in this regard till date, the message has been passed across the board keeping in view the challenges that the security forces might face post final draft publication of the NRC on July 30,� he said.
The actual strength of the Assam Police as on today is 52,183 against the sanctioned strength of 64,988 accounting for a shortfall of 12,805 personnel.