India’s premier investigation agency restructures itself

January 2nd, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) At a time when the government has set up a new agency to probe federal crimes, the existing detection agency Central Bureau of Investigation has restructured itself in the interests of organisational efficiency.“It has been felt that multiplicity of decision-making levels result in delays. A need has been felt to reduce the time taken in decision making in order to finalise the cases within stipulated time frame,” the CBI said in a statement Friday.

“Also, there is need for greater decentralisation and delegation of powers from headquarters to zones and branches. Such delegation and decentralisation is likely to bring about economy in expenditure and increase in the effectiveness of the organisation,” it added.

The agency said a consultant from IIT-Delhi was appointed in 2007 to study the existing structure and functioning of the CBI and to suggest ways and means to improve organisational efficiency.

The consultant submitted his report in May 2008. “Keeping in view the recommendations of the consultant and inputs received from various officers of the CBI, the restructured organisation of CBI became effective Jan 1, 2009.”

With the restructuring, the zones will now be headed by officers of the rank of Inspector General of Police. Heads of the branches will now be headed by the officers of the rank of deputy inspector general, superintendent of police or additional superintendent of police depending upon the availability and the requirements.

Some of the branches and units have been clubbed to effect economy and ensure better coordination. The restructured organisation now has 16 zones and 60 branches.

“It has been ensured that each state is covered by at least one branch or unit of CBI at the state capital or at a big city,” the agency said.

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