Panel on police ‘caderization’ likely to meet on Wednesday

Amid sharp differences between J&K’s ruling coalition partners PDP and BJP over the proposed cadre restructuring of Kashmir Police Service, the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted to hammer out a solution on the issue is likely to meet in Jammu on Wednesday.
Panel on police ‘caderization’ likely to meet on Wednesday
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Amid sharp differences between J&K's ruling coalition partners PDP and BJP over the proposed cadre restructuring of Kashmir Police Service, the Cabinet Sub-Committee constituted to hammer out a solution on the issue is likely to meet in Jammu on Wednesday.

Sources told Greater Kashmir that the CSC is likely to meet at 4 pm to take a call on the crucial proposal that has brought the PDP and BJP at loggerheads and even prompted the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to walk out of a cabinet meeting on December 9 after facing opposition from her ally on it.

"It has been decided to convene the meeting on Wednesday. In this regard, the State Home department would issue formal notices on Monday or Tuesday," the sources disclosed.

The BJP is opposing the proposal to reserve six posts in the hierarchy of police—two IG and four DIG posts—for KPS officers.

The CSC comprises six ministers, three each from PDP and BJP.

While Chandra Prakash Ganga, Bali Baghat and Lal Singh are part of the panel from BJP, Dr Haseeb Drabu, Choudhary Zulfikar and Naeem Akther would represent PDP in the committee.

The CSC, according to an order issued by the General Administration Department, has to submit its recommendations in the next cabinet meeting which is likely to take place before December 31.

Curiously, the BJP is resisting the caderization proposal notwithstanding to the fact that none of the posts earmarked for KPS officers are IPS-cadre posts.

"These are non-uniform posts in Home Guards, Human Rights, Vigilance, Telecommunication and Forensic Sciences," the sources told this newspaper.

In the last Budget session, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had announced on the floor of the J&K Assembly that she would carve out a separate cadre for KPS officers on the lines of KAS after MLAs, cutting across party lines, slammed the Government for "discriminating KPS officers vis-à-vis promotions and monetary benefits."

Even PDP lawmaker from Poonch, Shah Muhammad Tantrey had alleged that local police officers were "victimized" by successive regimes of State.

"They have laid down their lives for the nation, but we have failed to do justice with them. I see a conspiracy against them," he had said.

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