JK has 25000 SPOs

Get Peanuts As Honorarium, Face Flawed Regularization Policy

Jammu, Mar 12: More than 25000 youth in the State are working as Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir Police on a meager monthly honorarium of Rs 3000.
 Minister In-charge, Home, in a clubbed written questions of Bashir Ahmed Magray and Murtaza Ahmed Khan, informed the Upper House that 25475 persons are presently working as SPOs with different units of the Jammu and Kashmir police. “They are being paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 3000,” the minister said.
 It was, however, claimed that a proposal for enhancement of the honorarium of SPOs from the existing Rs 3000 per month to Rs 5000 per month has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for its consideration.
 “The matter is being vigorously pursued with the Government of India for favourable consideration,” he said.
 The government said it has formulated a “comprehensive policy” in 2009 for absorption/conversion of SPOs as constables and followers (with minimum three years of continuous engagement).
 However, it admitted that only those SPOs are eligible for regularization who have “excellence in counter-insurgency operations” or “excellence in sports events at the state or national level.”
 “Besides SPOs who have crossed the age limit of 28 years but are within 37 years of age and have completed three years continuous engagement are eligible to apply for appointment to the post of Constables/Followers,” the minister said.
 The minister further informed the House that 1852 have been regularized as constables and followers under the policy so far.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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