The Cabinet’s nod is required because due to the recast, about 200 other cops might lose their promotions.Director General of Police Suresh Arora and ADGP (Administration) Dinkar Gupta said it had been proposed that no person should lose any rank, so to avoid further litigation. “The promotions were long overdue. The delay was causing heartburn, besides leading to lack of motivation,” Arora said. The cops who will escape reversion include a number of sportspersons.Disparity between different cadres, delayed action by seniors on court orders, and pending litigations had contributed to the delay in promotions.Gupta said the problem came to light in 2007 when the Punjab Police Act was enforced. It was found that the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) had effected promotions faster than the other cadres. The PAP force was deployed frequently during the days of terrorism. As more battalions were raised, the existing cadre had better promotion avenues. Gupta stated that after 2007, the department was divided into four cadres: district police, PAP, technical and support staff, and intelligence. “This allows regular promotions,” he said.Arora said the promotions would be morale-boosting for the force and many vacant posts would be filled. There are some districts where even two posts of SP are lying vacant. The police recently posted lists of ASIs and SIs on its website and invited objections.