For the first time since its inception, J&K Police has upped its ante to seek all the pay commission benefits stating that the department has been neglected since 1996 leaving the "cops involved in anti-militancy and crime control demoralized and discontented."
To apprise the government about the pay anomalies being faced by the department over the past several decades, a high level committee has been constituted to be headed by Additional Director General of Police, Security, Dilbagh Singh, that would apprise the government about various disparities faced by the department.
The committee headed by ADGP Security has been constituted by the Director General of Police S P Vaid with four more members. A representation has been sent to the Principal Secretary Home, J&K government on June 29, 2017. The move comes at a time, when police is taking active role in anti-militancy operations in Kashmir and claims to be the force on the fore-front while dealing with law and order challenges.
The representation talks about discrimination with the police department in 5th and 6th pay commissions. "Notwithstanding the fact, the Police Headquarters had taken up the matter with the government at appropriate level and has been pursuing the issue vigorously for last more than two decades, but to no avail."
As a result, the representation further states, lower-rung police personnel, constables, inspectors, who have the major role in crime control, anti-militancy operations and law and order duties, feel "discontented and demoralised."
"In the given circumstances, it has become imperative to associate a team of officers consisting of domain expert under the chairmanship of a senior level officer. The team will examine all pros and cons of the issue and make its recommendations to Government within shortest possible time so that no disparity is repeated in the 7th pay commission," reads the order issued by the DGP Vaid.
The representation urges the Principal Secretary Home that the team may be made a part of the State level committee to apprise the concerned authorities at civil secretariat about the grievances of pay disparity. "The disparity continued to persist in two consecutive pay revisions since 1996 shout not be repeated so that fighting force of J&K Police is not again subjected to such pay anomalies in the 7th pay commission," the representation says.