Srinagar, Jun 07: The state government today announced that it has agreed to provide promotion benefits to the Kashmir Police Service (KPS) officers who get promoted to Indian Police Service cadre.
While hailing the police force for working in difficult situation in the state, Minister for Public Works and Government spokesman, Naeem Akhtar said that the Cabinet which met today under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti approved the cabinet subcommittee recommendations on cadre review of KPS officers into IPS.
“The government tried to bring the KPS at par with the KAS. The KPS officers will now get promotion benefits and other ordinary benefits like the KAS officers. The KPS officers awaiting promotions will get the Super Time pay scale equivalent to the DIG and IGs on an equivalent basis. But their postings will be done separately,” Akhtar said in a press conference here.
“But this is not the end of it,” he said.
Asked whether the KPS officers will get ranks of IPS besides pay grade, the minister said, “six posts of IPS are reserved for six KPS officers”.
The government had formed a cabinet subcommittee, comprising of three ministers each from PDP and BJP after the latter objected to IPS grating ranks to KPS officers once they get promotion in their service.
The CSC held two meetings to finalise its recommendations. However, the recent meeting held in Civil Secretariat were not attended by PDP minister, Naeem Akhtar and Choudhary Zulfikar Ali.
The CS was headed by Industries and Commerce minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and included Forests Minister Choudhary Lal Singh, Health and Medical Education Minister Bali Bhagat, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, Akhtar and Zulfikar as members.
Asked about the discord between the alliance partners and skipping of the CS meeting by him and Zulfikar, Akhtar said, “There is nothing such. That is why I am telling you don’t talk to him (Zulfikar) on such issues.”
The minister said, “no attention was paid towards the state police forces over the years. Today is a new ladder for these officers. Some of the KPS officers also met the Chief Minister and expressed their satisfaction. We will carry forward this process so that they are given wider opportunities.”
The caderisation of Kashmir Police Service (KPS) into Indian Police Service (IPS) to the rank of DIGs and IGP had set a row between the coalition partners following which they set up the CSC.
The government spokesperson said 50 posts of IPS are stagnant for induction from KPS due to litigations.
“The cabinet directed the Chief Secretary to constitute a committee to resolve the litigations as soon as possible. If 50 KPS officers get induction into IPS that will make a lot of difference,” he said.
Akhtar also announced that the quota for police constabulary to be promoted as Selection Grade Constables has been increased from 25 to 50 percent.
The cabinet also approved promotion of five officers to the rank of the IGP, he said. “Two officers are on deputation at Centre level while three are working in Kashmir,” he said. (KNS)