Pune: The State government has stopped the increment of 31 IPS officers, as they could not furnish a certificate of passing Hindi/Marathi language test or a certificate stating that they are exempted from it, as they had these subjects in school.
Most of the officers are from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 batches while one senior officer is from the 1995 Indian Police Service (IPS) batch of the Maharashtra cadre. However, most of them blamed it on a board, Etadarth Mandal, under the Directorate of Languages, for not conducting the languages proficiency test since 2012. It is mandatory for IPS officers to pass the test if they are to get increments.
As per the Government Resolution (GR) dated December 30, 1987, all gazetted and non-gazetted officers must clear the examination within a couple of years of joining service. The GR states that all increments will be stopped till they clear the examination and submit the certificate. As per a GR dated September 3, 1992, a candidate, who prior to joining service has had Marathi and Hindi as a subject of 100 marks each in Class 10, is exempted from appearing for this examination.
Officers have to undergo a written as well as an oral test conducted by an expert panel appointed by the board.
“The reason that most us have lost out on increments is that no test had been conducted for last several years,” an officer pointed out.