Govt stops ration money to police officer
Srinagar, Dec 13: The state government has stopped the monthly Ration Money Allowance (RMA) to 70, 000 JK police force, citing financial constraints.
Sources said, every police person from rank of constable to inspector was given monthly RMA of Rs 600. However, the assistance has been stopped from past three months.
Sources said that it has caused much heart burn in the police force which has been at the forefront of anti-militancy operations for the past two decades.
A top police official said: “We had to stop paying RMA due to financial crunch. We have taken up the issue with Finance Department but they have not released any extra funds for the purpose. It was only after the intervention of Home Minster that they released 30 percent funds. But it could not suffice our needs. So ultimately we stopped paying RMA to the force.”
Jammu and Kashmir Police has welfare fund of Rs 43 crore contributed by all ranks. “First it was released by central government under Security Related Establishment (SRE) to the state, three years ago central government stopped it and asked the J&K government to provide it from its own resources. From day one state government has been reluctant in financing the allowances,” the official added.
Interestingly, Army soldiers are paid more than Rs1950, paramilitary CRPF men and its officers receive Rs 1600 to Rs 1800 pm and special allowance of Rs 2500 monthly for fighting militancy in JK.
When contacted Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani he said, “I don’t know why it has been stopped. I will look into the matter.”
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