Himachal Police constables stop taking food in police mess

Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 1

Himachal Police constables have stopped taking food in the mess here as a protest and recorded their resentment in the roznamacha (Daily police diary).

The constables have reportedly taken a collective decision not to take food in the mess and are airing grievances on social media through #justiceforhppolice. A large number of posts have appeared in social media supporting the demand of the constables, who are feeling let down after Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced to reduce the period of regularisation of the services of contractual employees from three years to two years and also the service regularisation period of daily wage workers by one year but the demands of the police constables have not been met.

"We are a disciplined force and cannot form a union and hence are suffering. How can we show our resentment and fight against injustice done to us?" says a constable.

Around 5,700 affected constables are feeling aggrieved by the decision of the government to extend the period of the constables for the grant of Rs 10,300+Rs 3,200 pay scale from two to eight years and their repeated pleas to grant the pay scales as per the 2013 policy have gone unheeded.

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

The Police Department has also pleaded the case of constables for the grant of Rs 10,300+Rs 3,200 pay scale to the constables recruited after January 2015 after two years on a par with the constables recruited before the notification of January 14, 2015.

The IGP (Headquarters), in a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) on July 8, 2020, submitted that the pay scale and grade pay of clerks and constables were identical and they were placed in the scale of Rs 5,910-Rs 20,200+Rs 1,900 but clerks were being given the pay scale of Rs 10,300-Rs 34,800+Rs 3,200 after two years. However, in the case of constables, the period has been increased from two years to eight years after January 2015.

The duties of policemen are different from other employees and they work 24x7, many a time under adverse working conditions. The demand for reducing the period from eight years to two years for the constables recruited after January 2015 is justified.

Take to social media

  • Policemen are airing grievances on social media through #justiceforhppolice.
  • A large number of posts have appeared in social media supporting the demand of the constables.
Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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