Saturday, June 28, 2008

Morale-boosting sops for cops taking on Naxals

Saturday June 28 2008 08:26 IST
Express News Service

CUTTACK: With morale low and pushed into a confrontation with the better armed Maoists, the cops will have something to feel cheerful about. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced a slew of incentives for the police fighting Maoists. For its part, with elections in the air, the Government feels the incentives will help keep a restive police force in good humour.

Addressing the extraordinary conference of Orissa Police Association and the annual body meeting of the Confederation of Havildars, Constables and Sepoys here, Naveen announced a hike in risk allowance for police personnel working in the Special Operations Group (SOG) by 50 to 60 per cent.

He also announced a special diet allowance, raised the kit maintenance allowance and introduced training allowance. Police personnel posted at special branch, crime branch and Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) will get an incentive allowance of 15 per cent.

Naveen said in cases of compassionate appointments arising out of death of cops fighting Naxals, the DGP will now be empowered to condone measurements in height and chest. Besides, family members of all police personnel killed during Naxalite duties will now be allowed to retain accommodation for five years.

The diet allowance for inspectors and officers of equivalent ranks will be Rs 550, for sub-inspectors and officers of equivalent rank Rs 450, while for assistant subinspectors it will be Rs 350 per month.

Havildars and equivalent ranks will be given an enhanced special diet allowance of Rs 300 per month besides Rs 350 they used to get earlier. All constables and sepoys will get Rs 275 per month besides Rs 350 they were getting earlier. All follower staff will get diet allowance of Rs 225 per month. Assistant sub-inspectors will also be given rank allowance of Rs 150 per month.

RISK AND GAIN

The incentives

Govt announces a special diet allowance, raises kit maintenance allowance, introduces training allowance.

Risk allowance for SOG forces goes up to 60 pc.

Compassionate appointments would be made easier.

Special diet allowance

Rs 550 per month for inspectors.

Rs 450 for sub-inspectors.

Rs 350 for ASIs.

Rs 300 for havildars and others.

Cops posted at special branch, crime branch and Human Rights Protection Cell will get an incentive.

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