No pot bellies, only ‘fit’ IPS officers may get promotion

Vastavam web: IPS officers with pot bellies may soon have to shed those extra kilos to earn promotions. The Center is considering a proposal to link promotion with the fitness of the officers concerned. The move comes after the home ministry recommended physical fitness of IPS officers as a mandatory measure before promoting them to various levels. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has finalized draft service rules to include this recommendation and has asked all states and union territories administrators to give their comments.

“Promotion of IPS officers to various grades will be subject to the physical fitness as per the instructions as may be issued by ministry of home affairs from time to time,” the draft rules say. Existing rules do not have any such provision for the promotion of the officers of Indian Police Service (IPS). They get promotions to various levels, scales and grades after completing required years of service. Such fitness-linked-promotion for the IPS officers, if comes into force, would be at par with Group ‘A’ officers of Central Armed Police Force, the recommendations said.