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Opposition stages walkout from J&K Assembly

Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 21:08

Jammu: Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir
Assembly on Thursday staged a walkout after they received an
"unsatisfactory reply" from the government over the issue of
regularisation of service and salary hike of SPOs and VDCs
members in the state.

During Question Hour, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers
Party Legislator Balwant Singh Mankotia raised the issue of
regularisation, strengthening and pay hike of Special Police
Officers (SPOs) and Village Defence Committees (VDCs) members.
Mankotia, alleged that the government was discriminating
with SPO and VDC force, which had played a very important role
in bringing peace in rural and mountainous areas during
anti-militancy operations.

Mankotia`s demand was supported by Nizamuddin-Bhat (PDP),
Marshdev Singh (JKNPP), Chaman Lal Gupta (BJP), Ashwani Kumar
(JSM), Majid Wani and G M Saroori (Congress).

Replying to question, Law Minister Ali Mohd Sagar told the
Assembly that a proposal for enhancement of honorarium in
respect of SPOs from the existing Rs 3000 per month to Rs
5000, stands taken up with Union Minister of Home Affairs.

The opposition members said they were unsatisfied with the
reply the opposition members took to sloganeering.

However, Speaker Mohd Akbar Lone intervened and said the
SPOs and VDCs members are being used regularly in military
He passed directions that government should considered
next of kin of the SPOs killed in the military operation,
increase their wages to Rs 6000 per month.

Later, the law minister said that, "In view of voluntary
nature of service, no remuneration is being paid to the
members of VDCs, SPOs are paid honorarium on the same pattern
as it is being paid to others.

"The engagement of SPOs is purely temporary in nature. The
Home Department has formulated a comprehensive policy for
their absorption as constables or followers up to the extent
15 per cent of the available vacancies on operational
grounds," he said.

He said the SPOs who crossed the age limit of 28 years
but are within 37 years of age and have completed three years
engagement are also eligible to apply for the appointment.

However, opposition stuck to its demand of regularisation
of service of the SPOs and VDCs members and staged a walkout
from the Assembly.


First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 21:08
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