Cops' kin start campaign on social media

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 4

Family members of 5,700 Himachal Police constables started a poster campaign on social media today demanding reduction in the period for the grant of the higher pay scale. Yesterday, the police headquarters had advised the constables to refrain from making comments on social media.

Social media was flooded with posts of the family members (parents, wives and children) of the constables belonging to the 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 batches, holding placards seeking justice. Comments such as "Jai Ram sarkar hosh mein aayo, police jawano ko mat satayo" (Wake up Jai Ram government, don't torture police jawans) and "Ab baat tankhah ki nahi hai CM sahib, Baat ab humare bachoon ke maan ki hai" (now the issue is not of salary, Mr Chief Minister but it is a matter of dignity of our children) have been posted on social media and are getting a good response.

"My son is a Covid warrior. He was on duty during Covid breakout, checking vehicles and passes on the road. He stayed away from us and was exposed to the threat of Covid. However, he still ensured the safety of people but this is how the government has rewarded him. The government should understand that they are not 5,700 constables but 5,700 families (20,000 to 25,000 voters)," stated the father of a constable.

The families rue that the government is meting out a step-motherly treatment to the constables. The state has reduced the period for regularisation of the services of contractual employees from three to two years but is not willing to reduce the period for granting the higher pay scale of Rs 10,300+Rs 3,200 from eight years to two years.

The constables stopped taking meals in the police mess on November 24 and had even approached the Chief Minister but got no assurance that their grievances would be redressed.

The constables appointed in 2013 in the pay scale of Rs 5,910+Rs 1,900 were given the Rs 10,300+Rs 3,200 pay scale after two years but the period was increased to eight years for the constables recruited in 2015 and thereafter, which is discriminatory and unjustified.

The state government had assured them that steps would be taken after the Covid threat subsides and the 15 Finance Commission recommendations were implemented, said the wife of a constable. She added that at least the government could reduce the regularisation period from eight years to five years.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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