Shimla, January 18
Constables recruited in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 today wrote letters to their commandants regarding the higher pay scale and pay band. They stated when the employees of other departments had been given higher grades after two years of service why the condition of eight years had been put on them.
They said that in the new pay scales there was no reference to the probation/rider period and the police constables had been singled out. They added that the rule of eight years service for the higher grade was applicable to over 5,700 police constables recruited in 2015 and subsequently.
They sought permission to record comments in the roznamcha (daily police diary) that they had stopped taking meals in the mess as a mark of protest. These constables are demanding the grant of Rs 10,300+3,200 pay scale after two years instead of eight years.
Following the Chief Minister’s comment that he was not aware that constables were boycotting mess meals, their families and relatives again took to social media.
“The state government is not sympathetic towards the demand of the constables, who constitute a discipline force that works day and night in the time of calamities, agitations, for maintaining law and order,” their relatives stated.
“They are not only 5,700 constables but 5,700 families, which constitute a sizeable vote bank, and the indifferent attitude of the state government will not benefit it in the upcoming state Assembly elections,” said their well wishers.