• For the appointment of Maharashtra’s director general of police (DGP) UPSC has returned the government’s recommendations, asking it to add two more to the list.
• Also, the UPSC has asked the annual confidential reports (ACR) of all along with details of any pending inquiries against the officers.
• In 2018, the Supreme Court had refrained State governments from appointing DGPs without first consulting the UPSC through following guidelines.
• The State governments concerned have to send UPSC the names of the probables three months before the incumbent DGPs are to retire.
• The UPSC will prepare a panel of three officers fit to be DGP after giving due weightage to merit and seniority (minimum of six months tenure left in service) shall be considered
for the post of DGP.
• The State shall “immediately” appoint one of the persons shortlisted by the UPSC.
• It aims to protect the police officials from political interference by avoiding favouritism and nepotism. It also builds upon the 2006 judgement.
Mains Paper 3: Security
Prelims level: Annual confidential reports
Mains level: Key highlights of the report