Travails of a workers officer

Gurbachan Jagat

A CLASSIFICATION attr-ibuted to the British military sources runs as follows: lazy however clever officer — match for larger command; clever and hardworking — a perfect workers officer; silly and hardworking — a hazard to the organisation, eliminate him. Like every other classification, it’s not at all times true and officers carry on creating or regressing.

I spent a short while within the police secretariat in 1977-78 and had an extended stint between 1982-97 (in between, I used to be additionally posted as the primary managing director of the Punjab Police Housing Corporation). During my longer stint, I used to be posted on completely different assignments within the CID and administrative wings, however by some means ended up working for each the pinnacle of police and the pinnacle of CID, which resulted in some tough conditions. There was a change of presidency in 1977 and we had a brand new IGP and a brand new DIG/CID (there have been no DGPs and Additional DGPs on the time). The DIG/CID was mainly a area officer who disliked desk jobs and so far as I do know, had not served with the CID in any capability throughout his profession. He was very sad about his posting and made it clear to every body, however the IGP and Chief Minister have been adamant and so he needed to be part of. I think the IG didn’t need a DIG/CID who might be a parallel energy centre. The DIG/CID may turn into one and lots of had accomplished so up to now as a result of Chief Ministers at all times needed first-hand Intelligence.

I used to be then working nearly as a workers officer to the DIG/CID, however with one other designation. I had not served with this officer and it’s important to know the character traits and dealing habits of your boss if it’s important to develop a profitable partnership. My earlier boss was a ‘one of a kind’ officer and dealing with him was a each day studying expertise. Anyhow, he had informed me to deliver the recordsdata requiring his rapid consideration within the morning and go away the routine ones, which he would get rid of later. I began the identical routine with my new boss. He checked out me and requested me to go away the recordsdata on the desk. After a few extra failed makes an attempt to get the recordsdata cleared personally, I gave up and began sending the recordsdata to him — however these didn’t come again. I then talked to an older officer who had labored with him, and he requested me as to what was the DIG doing once I went to his room. “Nothing,” I stated. He suggested me that because the DIG was not a morning individual, I ought to take all of the recordsdata within the afternoon and they’d be cleared very quickly — his recommendation labored. After this success, I grew to become barely bolder and reminded him that he had not known as on the Chief Minister and that in reality he was supposed to fulfill him day by day. He dismissed the suggestion and informed me that I may go and meet the CM, however I refused politely. He then known as the DSP/CID posted on the Chandigarh unit and informed him to go and temporary the CM. This additionally occurred and the CM accepted the scenario!

Now, the finale — the DIG and IG have been barely on speaking phrases and I used to be usually the conduit. In the CID, we used to place up an evaluation of the crime scenario within the state earlier than the federal government. Each district Superintendent of Police compiled a month-to-month crime diary for which there was a prescribed format. The diary was analysed and put up earlier than the DIG/CID. When the primary diary reached the DIG, he requested me as to why I had despatched it to him — I knowledgeable him that his remarks have been wanted earlier than it goes to the IG after which to the federal government. He directed me to take it again and put up a observe on a separate sheet for approval. He additional directed me to not put any polish on the crime scenario and be vital. I wracked my mind and tried to be as diplomatic as doable and despatched it to him; he recorded the observe on the file.

I breathed a sigh of aid, however the reprieve was short-lived. After a few hours, I used to be summoned by the IGP. Even earlier than the door was totally closed, he had bought up and thrust the crime file in my face and requested me as to what nonsense was being cooked up within the CID. I used to be all innocence and ignorance and he lastly requested me to sit down down and skim what my DIG had written. The IGP additionally had a brief fuse and I saved quiet. He then requested me to take the file and put together a observe on his behalf, rebutting the DIG’s observe level by level. I made a hasty exit and didn’t know whether or not to snort or cry. Of course, I wrote as finest as I may to fulfill the IG. It handed muster and the IG recorded it on the file and it went onwards to the federal government. Fortunately, there was no follow-up however I used to be in a while cautious as to what I wrote within the first observe.

The DIG was a really sort man at coronary heart and we bought alongside famously after that. However, he was an sad man — a tiger caged within the secretariat and glued to a chair and recordsdata. Then one morning he known as me to his workplace and happiness was writ massive on his face; he had been transferred to Patiala as DIG/Range and Patiala occurred to be his old flame. He left and the CID routine prevailed as soon as extra.

I started by quoting that the clever and hardworking have been meant to be workers officers, regardless of the politics. I nearly labored as one for a very long time however then windfall gave me the possibility to command two massive forces — J&Okay Police and BSF, although I’m not certain whether or not I used to be sufficiently lazy, clever or hardworking? Maybe the 2 senior officers may have answered that higher.

— The author is ex-chairman of UPSC, former Manipur Governor and served as J&Okay DGP

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