SAC approves hike in SPOs' honorarium

The State Administrative Council (SAC) Sunday approved the increase in honorarium of Special Police Officers (SPOs).

Meeting here under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, the SAC approved an increase in the honorarium of SPOs of J&K police according to which they (SPOs) who have less than three years of service would now be paid a monthly remuneration of Rs 6,000, while those who have completed three years of service would be paid Rs 9,000 per month.

Whereas, the SPOs who have completed five and 10 years of service would be paid Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000 per month, the SAC approved, adding that those who have completed 15 years of service would now be paid Rs 18,000 per month.

The hike in honorarium will benefit over 30,000 SPOs of Jammu and Kashmir police.

Meanwhile, the SAC also decided that the entire police personnel will be given the dress and kit maintenance allowance directly in cash, at significantly increased rates.

The allowance will also be given to Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the form of an honorarium, it decided.

Pertinently, the annual allowance being given to police personnel as kit maintenance allowance was Rs 40 per month to non-gazetted employees and Rs 150 per month to gazetted officers.

According to the SAC decision, Senior Superintendents of Police, Superintendents of Police and Deputy Superintendents of Police of Jammu and Kashmir police will now get Rs 10,000 per annum as dress and kit maintenance allowance in cash, while as the police personnel from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Sub Inspector will get Rs 7,000 per annum.

Similarly, as per the decision, dress and kit maintenance allowance to police personnel from the rank of Head Constable to Followers will now be Rs 6,000 per annum and SPOs shall be paid an honorarium of Rs 3,000 per annum for their uniform.