“Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk.But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.” – Peter De Vries in “Reuben, Reuben” P. 242 -1964.
There are two Police Academies in the State of Telengana, viz. SVP National Police Academy, and the Andhra Pradesh Police Academy ( APPA ). The Police Academies are autonomous government agencies functioning on an allocated budget either under the stewardship of the State (APPA) or the Central Government (SVPNPA).
For any civil servant affiliated with the State’s criminal justice system, a certification from the State Police Academy is not merely a “feather in the cap”, but a ticket to reaching greater heights in their career.
Aside from the Academies’ primary function, viz. to train selected cadets and qualify them to function as entry-level police officers, it also provides vital continuing education by scheduling a variety of specialized, residential as well as non-residential training courses to keep staff abreast of developments and policy/procedure changes.
These short-term courses range anywhere from less than a month to several months in duration; their curricula being “tailor made” to suit the functional discipline of whichever State department that happens to enroll in the staff development course.
Here’s how the
scam selection process works:
Appropriate notification is published informing prospects of the proposed course, synopsis of its curriculum, and required qualifications of applicants.
Applications are screened and selections made; The selectee’s respective departments are notified.
Selected applicants are told to bring the Course Fees along with them when registering for the course. In the instant case, a sum of Rs. 20,000/- was required for admission.
The applicant approached his Department Head for the Registration Fees. He was told to make the payment; that it would be reimbursed to him before completion of the course. Apparently, the requisition would have to be processed by Accounting Dept., and others. It would “take some time” for the reimbursement checks to be issued…
So, the applicant proceeds to register at the Academy and submits a personal check for Rs. 20,000/-.
He is informed that only cash or an official check from his Department is accepted.
While he is wrangling about payment protocol, he notices another candidate registering for the same course at the table beside his. A similar interchange occurs, “We only accept cash payment …”. So, this other person pays Rs. 20,000/- in cash. His name is duly registered for the course.
But when he requests a receipt for his payment, he is told, “ … the authorizing officer is absent at this time; but rest assured, your receipt will be duly delivered to you shortly …” .
IT NEVER IS!! And there’s no way the Mark could apply for reimbursement from his Department even though attendance in the course is proof enough that he paid Rs. 20,000/-.
As for our stalwart hero who refused to pay cash absent proof of payment, he succumbed to an adverse transfer for making waves!!
So what happens to all that loot (i.e., undocumented Registration Fees from thousands of successful applicants every year)? One can only speculate; and don’t even think for a moment the higher ups are naïve about this practice. Some may see it as yet another enterprising enterprise inherent in our enterprising police system – and everyone is happy including the now certified Mark, his boss, bosses’ boss, etcetera, etcetera …. Jai Hind!