Kashmir

Govt Orders Substantial Hike In Salaries Of SPOs In Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs today approved a substantial hike in the honorarium of SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The proposal of the State Government regarding the enhancement of monthly remuneration of the SPOs of J&K has been considered by this Ministry,” said a communication from MHA addressed to the State Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.

As per the MHA communication, the SPOs who have less than 5 years of service would be henceforth paid monthly remuneration of Rs 6000, those who have completed 5 years of service would be paid Rs 9000 per month and those who have completed 15 years of service would be paid Rs 12000 per month.

It said the new scales of remuneration would be implementable with immediate effect.

According to an official of the State’s Home Department, the proposal sent by J&K Government in this regard was cleared by the MHA within 48 hours.

He said around 30000 SPOs presently working in the State would be benefitted by this substantial hike.

He said as per the existing scale, the SPOs who have rendered one year of service were being paid Rs 5000 remuneration per month, the SPOs who have rendered between 1 and 2 years of service were being paid Rs 5500 per month and those who have completed more than 2 years were being paid Rs 6000 per month.

The decision to hike the salaries has come in the light of several SPOs’ resignation after three cops — Nisar Ahmed Dhobi, Firdous Ahmed and Kulwant Singh — were abducted and shot dead by the militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb ul Mujahideen in the twin villages of Kapran and Batagund in South Kashmir’s Shopian district last Friday.

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Hizb ul Mujahideen has issued threats to policemen to quit or remain ready for the consequences. (GNS)

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