Srinagar: In her recent visit to New Delhi, Chief Minister (CM) Mehbooba Mufti has requested the Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the Jammu & Kashmir Police must be at par in hardship allowance with other members of the state’s security grid: the soldiers and the central para-military forces.
Back in June, 2017, The CM was reportedly planning a substantial increase of Rs 5,000 to Rs 9,000 in hardship allowance of all ranks in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Force.
The CM has stated that the state police are facing major hardships, “even much more in volume, than the paramilitary forces.”
“They are operating in the society they live in unlike all other security agencies,” she reportedly said.
According to reports, she has given recent instances in which the cops faced a crisis that prevented them even from going to their home or offering prayers in the routine.
The Chief Minister insisted that the state police is the “main leader on the counter-insurgency front” and faces more challenges. She insisted that the threat perception of the state police does not alter even after their retirement.
The J&K Police, back in April, 2016, had asked the state government to double the ‘hardship’ allowance being given to its cops.
The proposal furnished by the police authorities had been presented to the government authorities.
The proposal, as per reports, had been made in the event of “extraordinary” working conditions prevailing in Kashmir since the mid of 2016.
“But when it comes to the hardship allowance, they are not getting adequately. While central paramilitary forces get almost Rs 8,000 a month as hardship allowance, the Jammu Kashmir Police men get only Rs 900,” insiders said.
The existing norm is that almost ten percent of the basic pay is being paid as this particular allowance in case of state police unlike 40 percent in paramilitary forces.
“It is much more in case of armed forces. If the state demand is being accepted by the central government, the package of the state police men will have substantial increase. The state government has already acceded to the police’s long term demand of increased ration money,” the insiders added.
J&K has a nearly one lakh strong police forces and an additional 30 thousands of irregulars who work with or for police in different temporary engagements.