Himachal cops take to social media over pay hike, warned

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 2

With Himachal cops going on a virtual warpath seeking revised pay scales, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur warned them, saying a stern view of their utterances on social media would be taken.

Upping the ante against the government, families of police personnel today sought permission from DGP Sanjay Kundu to hold a protest rally in Mandi during BJP president JP Nadda's visit on December 5.

Only recently, a large number of constables converged on the CM's residence. Sources said though the protest was peaceful, it put a question mark on the disciplined force resorting to such means.

Thakur said, "We took a humanitarian view of the matter, but the way they have taken to social media to vent their anger is not acceptable. Such behaviour will invite stern action." A social media post reads, "Injustice has been meted out to the 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 batches of constables. We have decided to stage a protest rally and in case the government does not relent, we will resort to indefinite fast."

The CM reiterated that prior to 2013, the service rules were different and changes were made in 2015 by the then Congress regime. "The personnel accepted the rules before joining the service. The court has already dismissed their plea," Thakur said.

He said it was wrong on their part to seek parity with forest guards who were appointed on a contractual basis. He, however, added the government was still sympathetic towards their demands and would try to find a way out.

Row over Outburst against government

  • Constables, kin take to social media to raise pay parity issue
  • Warn of intensifying stir if demands not met
  • Utterances on social media against service rules, says CM
  • Warns posts against government will invite stern action
Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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