New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh Friday said there are no Special Police Officers (SPOs) in his state now as they have been absorbed as `special auxiliary force` to combat the Left wing extremists.
"We have dissolved SPO positions. All they have been
absorbed as special auxiliary force and they are not SPOs
now. Permanent recruitment procedure, training, education and
all (other things)...hundred per cent we have done as per the
directions of the Supreme Court," Singh said.
Singh was reacting to today`s order of the apex court in
which it has said that its July 5 order terming the
appointment of tribal youths as SPOs is "unconstitutional"
will apply only to Chhattisgarh.
The Chief Minister said the new Act allows the state to
give them proper training, education and other basic
infrastructure to combat the Red Terror as per the directions
of the Supreme Court.
"Based on special provisions of the Chattisgarh Police
Act which was an old Act, the erstwhile SPOs have 25-25 per
cent of state and centre share. But now based on the
directives of the court, we have absorbed them. Now we don`t
have any SPOs," he said.
In its July 5 order, the Supreme Court had said that
the eligibility criteria including the educational
qualification and training of the tribals to combat Maoists
goes against the provisions of statutes and the Constitution.
It had said that creation of Koya Commandos and Salwa
Judum was in violation of the Constitution.