Mumbai Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is grappling with a severe manpower crunch, as almost 44 per cent of the posts are lying vacant, information sought under the RTI has revealed.
Of the sanctioned strength of 187 personnel for the Mumbai ACB, 83 posts were vacant as on December 1, 2011, the data states.
The cumulative strength of the constables, who are on the field most of the times, stands at 64, as against the approved 116, whereas, there is only one Additional Police Commissioner for the two sanctioned posts.
The strength of the middle-level officers also appears to be no better. Only 8 inspectors have been appointed even as against the requirement of 35. Likewise only 8 assistant police sub-inspectors have been appointed, against the required strength of 11, the data states.
ACB Director General Sanjeev Dayal said the department was aware of these vacancies and was "doing its best" to expedite the recruitment process.
"Not only the ACB, there are other wings as well, which are facing manpower crunch. The reasons for the backlog are numerous, including that of the MPSC scam," the DG added.
The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) scam had come to light in 2001, when the commission conducted exams for the year 1999 for the appointment of Mantralaya assistants. The ACB had registered a case in 2002, following the allegations that original answer sheets were replaced with the fake ones, computer data was tampered with and marks given for interviews were arbitrarily hiked. After the scam, the recruitments had been stopped.
Jeetendra Ghadge, an RTI activist, who obtained the reply from the government on the ACB, expressed shock over the number of vacant posts. "If this is the case, then how can we catch corrupt people and root out the menace?"
He also seconded Dayal's view saying that due to the MPSC scam, various wings of police department had a backlog.
In January this year, the ACB had laid 35 traps, in which, 44 government servants, including 17 policemen, were arrested on charges of bribery.
Last year, the ACB had registered 437 cases after arresting 562 government servants. Policemen topped among the arrested accused with 108 being apprehended in bribery cases.