Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police force is facing staff crunch. More than 80 posts of Director General (DG) and Superintendent of Police (SP) are said to be vacant.

Even if the existing police officers are reeling under pressure owing to piles of work, the administration is not taking initiatives to fill the vacant posts in the state.

There is no change in the situation even after the DG informed the state Home Department in this connection.

According to sources, posts of DG (3), ADG (11), IG (15), DIG (21) and SP (43) are vacant and out of these, additional charge for 34 seats have been assigned to others senior police officers.

It is learnt that most of the IPS vacancies are for PAC, CBCID, ATS, SIT, PHQ and police training colleges.

The state DGP said, police officers will continue to face difficulties if posts are not filled as soon as possible.

The IPS officers are also facing problems as they are not being sent on central deputation. Even IGs and DIGs ware waiting to go on deputation.

DG Karamveer Singh urged the officials of Home Department to look into the matter seriously.

According to the Home Department, the seats were increased from 404 to 489 last year and the Centre could not provide officers for the increased posts.

The state will also write to the Centre to speed up the promotion of PPS officers to IPS level and induct 15 IPS every year in the state, sources said.