Srinagar: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday approved a substantial hike in the honorarium of SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The proposal of the State Government regarding the enhancement of monthly remuneration of the SPOs of J&K has been considered by this Ministry,” said a communication from MHA addressed to the State Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
As per the MHA communication, the SPOs who have less than 5 years of service would be henceforth paid monthly remuneration of Rs 6000, those who have completed 5 years of service would be paid Rs 9000 per month and those who have completed 15 years of service would be paid Rs 15000 per month.
It said the new scales of remuneration would be implementable with immediate effect. According to an official of the State’s Home Department, the proposal sent by J&K Government in this regard was cleared by the MHA within 48 hours.
He said around 30000 SPOs presently working in the State would be benefitted by this substantial hike.
He said as per the existing scale, the SPOs who have rendered one year of service were being paid Rs 5000 remuneration per month, the SPOs who have rendered between 1 and 2 years of service were being paid Rs 5500 per month and those who have completed more than 2 years were being paid Rs 6000 per month.
After militants killed three cops, who were abducted from Shopian, at least six have announced their resignations from three other districts of the valley.
While taking to social media, policemen from Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama quit their jobs. However, India’s Home Ministry in a statement said that no cop in the state has resigned.