New Delhi: In an effort to reach out to people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Home Ministry has approved recruitment of additional 10,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the state police force.
There are 25,000 SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has given his approval for the engagement of the SPOs, especially for the security related requirements, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
The order will come into immediate effect and the additional number is over and above the existing strength of the SPOs.
The move came in the wake of reports which suggested that thousands of Kashmiri youths have opted for SPO job defying a call of Hurriyat conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani to boycott the recruitment rallies organised for it.
An SPO will initially draw a salary of Rs 5,000 per month, Rs 5,300 after completion of one year and Rs 6,000 after completion of three years.
The reimbursement of expenditure to the state government by New Delhi in respect of 10,000 SPOs will be as per existing approved Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Guidelines.
The government of India is in the process of providing employment opportunities to 1.40 lakh youths in the state through various means, including skill development training and jobs in police and paramilitary forces.