Tripura CM demands money from Centre for SPO salary
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 22:40
Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today demanded financial support from Centre for enhancing the salaries of Special Police Officers (SPOs), a contingent of forces helping the police to combat insurgency in the state.

"Union Home Ministry has been apprised about the need for hiking salaries and other benefits of SPOs working in Tripura like Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and demanded the money," he told reporters.

"SPOs are important collaborators of security forces engaged in combating insurgency. Apart from curbing armed extremism, they motivate villagers against insurgency. We have decided to enhance their salaries to Rs 3500 from Rs 3000," he said.

The meeting of the council of ministers held here yesterday decided to enhance the remuneration of SPOs along with 12 days paid leave and 30 days medical leave.

A total of 3662 SPOs would be befitted and Centre was paying only a small portion of their salaries and the rest were being borne by the state government, he said.

Chief minister who is also the home minister of the state expressed his dissatisfaction for not dispatching more Border Security Force (BSF) battalions to guard 856-km porous border with Bangladesh.

"After Kargil war, Union Home Ministry had decided to reduce the gap between two border outposts from 7 km to 3 km for which five more BSF battalions were needed.

"Tripura has 15 battalions of BSF. We need five more battalions," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 22:40

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