Healing touch

The Andhra Pradesh government has promoted eight Indian Police Services (IPS) officers of the 1987 batch to the post of Additional Director General of Police from Inspector General of Police, seeking to end months of acrimony between the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and IPS fraternity in the state. Apparently these officers’ promotions were due in April but the state government did nothing, citing ‘lack of vacancies’, even as it promoted their IAS counterparts to the rank of Principal Secretary.
The delayed move is meant to end the ‘bad blood’ between the two services. Those cops who have been elevated include Vinoy Kumar Singh, M. Gopikrishna, A.R. Anuradha and Satyanarain, among others. With this round of promotions the number of IPS officers of the ADGP rank has risen to 31 from 23. Sources say the government will need to create at least 15 more ex-cadre posts. But will the delayed promotion end the perennial IAS versus IPS rivalry is still hard to predict.

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