Opposition stages walkout from J&K Assembly
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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 operations.

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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