Srinagar: Mid-level officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police have called the government’s recent announcement of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Service Cadre (JKPSC) as “mere eyewash”.
Terming it a “total disappointment”, the officers said that the police cadre was created to hoodwink officers as harsh conditions were put forward for their promotion.
“The earlier scheme of things was that one would get promoted in a pay grade of Rs 7,600 in 10 years. Now it will take 15 years to get in the same pay grade,” police officers said.
“Likewise, a service of 20 years was sufficient to enter into the pay grade of Rs 8,900, but now it will take 25 years. Similarly to reach the Rs 10,000 pay grade, one must have a service of 30 years, which is impossible,” officers added.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police (Gazetted) Service order issued by the home department, only 25 percent duty posts of Deputy Superintendents of Police (DySPs) will be inducted in the Rs 5,600 pay grade who would be officers having five years experience. Their selection will be based on seniority and will be recommended by the Selection Committee.
Only 30 percent of the DySPs will be inducted in the Rs 7,600 pay grade after they complete a cumulative gazetted service of 15 years. Seniority and the recommendations of the Selection Committee will also be decisive factors.
Only 20 percent of the time-scale posts (Superintendents of Police and equivalent level) can be within the pay grade of Rs 8,700 after the completion of a cumulative gazetted service of 20 years, with due Selection Committee recommendations and subject to the availability of vacancy and other eligibility conditions.
Only four posts are designated for super-time-scale, comprising of the Rs 8,900 pay grade. This can be added to the service after a cumulative gazetted service of 25 years. The posts of DIG Vigilance and DIG Home Guards, Kashmir, are included, along with two posts of Divisional Commandant, Home Guards/Civil Defence, for this post.
Two posts have been designated for the super-time-scale within the Rs 10,000 pay grade. For this, the officer should have completed a cumulative gazette service of 30 years. The officer can be posted as Commissioner, Civil Military Liaison, and IGP, Human Rights, added to the service for this purpose. He cannot be posted against any other Indian Police Service cadre posts.
As such, the officers said the government has put harsh conditions for promotions into higher grades, making it virtually impossible for officers to attain them.
“A huge chunk of officers have been recruited in the years 2012 and 2011. They face a bleak future as there are virtually no promotion prospects. It was expected that this proposal would take care of their grievances, but nothing has been done, it is a mere eyewash,” fumed officers.