New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is grappling with acute manpower shortage as over 900 posts of executive officers, including that of special directors, joint directors and DIGs, are lying vacant for many years.

Country's premier investigating agency CBI is grappling with acute shortage of manpower as over 900 posts of executive officers, including that of  special directors, joint directors and DIGs, are lying vacant for many years.

Besides this, a huge number of technical staff, law officers, support staff and others are needed.

According to CBI data, out of the 4,490 sanctioned posts at executive officers level, about 3,575 are filled.

Among the 915 vacancies, 211 are of the sub-inspector level. The agency also needs 199 inspectors, 177 constables, 97 deputy superintendents of police and 96 head constables.

Other than these, the agency requires 35 superintendents of police, 10 deputy inspectors general of police, four senior
superintendents of police, two special directors/additional
directors and two joint directors. There are 82 other vacant
posts in the category.

A total of 149 posts of law officer, including additional legal adviser, deputy legal adviser and senior public prosecutor out of the sanctioned strength of 302 are vacant in the agency, the data said.

However, 46 special prosecutors/assistant special prosecutors have been engaged on contract basis for a period of three years as a stop gap arrangement against the vacant posts of prosecutors.

There are 101 vacant posts of technical staff comprising senior advisers for banking, taxation, foreign exchange.

As many as 252 posts of support personnel including office superintendents, personal assistants, crime assistants and clerks were lying vacant in the CBI.

Government has permitted a strength of 1,522 out of which 1,270 have been filled.

The agency also needs 22 men for different works at canteen, it said.

"We have asked the government about it. Efforts are on at different levels to fill the vacancies," a CBI official said.

(Agencies)