DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
It’s official! Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora has got a three-month extension in service beyond September 30, the date of his superannuation.
A 1982-batch IPS officer, who had been credited with fighting insurgency and considered as an officer of impeccable integrity, Arora has become the second DGP in Punjab to get extension in service. A 1958-batch Assam cadre IPS officer, KPS Gill, the supercop credited with rooting out terrorism in Punjab with an iron hand, had got three consecutive one-year extensions in service beyond his superannuation in 1992. However, the All India Service (DCRB) Rules, 1958, which provide extension in service, were amended in 2007, to cut short the period of extension from maximum three years (one-year thrice) to 6 months (3-month twice).
As first reported by Daily World on September 6, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Union ministry of Home Affairs for extension in service of Arora for a period of three months beyond his superannuation on September 30.
“MHA had sent the proposal for extension in service of Arora on August 28, which has been approved in relaxation of rule 16(1) of the All India Service (DCRB) Rules, 1958, in public interest,” disclosed Kavitha Padmanabhan, Deputy Secretary to Government of India, who issued the order on September 11.
Top sources in the Punjab Government told Daily World that the state government had sought one-year extension in Arora’s service on the grounds of maintaining the law and order situation and border security in the border state.
Despite several odds against him and the war within the police headquarters, Arora not only led the force from the front but has successfully been able to steer clear of the controversies. Considered to have a balanced and professional approach in dealing with difficult situations, the State DGP is likely to get another three-month extension after the first extension expires on December 31.
Even as the name of Punjab’s DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta was being strongly considered by the State Government for his appointment as the next DGP of the State after Suresh Arora retires, the Capt Amarinder Government has been of the view that in the present circumstances, the continuation of Arora was in the interest of the State to ensure proper law and order situation.
Arora who led the Punjab police from the front in its fight against terrorism, is a seasoned officer who has served in several important positions, including the State Intelligence Chief, and has vast experience in handling complex law and order situations.
It was in October, 2015 that the Punjab Government, in a bid to placate the frayed tempers and to mollify the agitating Sikhs, had appointed Arora as the State DGP in place of his batch-mate Sumedh Singh Saini.
Boasting a clean service record, Arora was posted in Amritsar as SP and SSP during two important anti-insurgency operations ? Operation Black Thunder I and II.
Postgraduate in Law from the University of London, Arora has won various gallantry medals and awards, including the President’s Meritorious Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Prakram Medal.