Police fraternity slams VIth Pay Commission recommendations

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New Delhi, Mar 31 (UNI) After the Armed forces, the police fraternity today termed the recommendations of the VIth Pay Commission as ''much below expectation.'' The Central IPS Association today responded to the recommendations of the latest pay commission after holding an ''extraordinary session''.

''In overall context, the association finds that the recommendations are not very cogent and, in fact, much below expectation,'' the association said here.

Some of the intrinsic aspects of the police service have been left unrecognised, it said adding that many of the recommendations were unfair and likely to violate the principle of equity and equitability.

Members of the association felt that unless these issues were addressed properly, the net impact in terms of an efficient, well motivated and professional police force may not be attainable in an optimum manner.

''Internal security is to be recognised as a prime issue which is crucial not only for peace but also for development...once we agree on the above, people who have opted for a police career have to be given their due, keeping in mind the inherent risks, job stress and the level of commitment required for the restoration of peace and public order,'' it said adding that the brunt of 'low intensity war' is being faced by the police forces in terms of increasing casulties.

Recently, the chiefs of three forces met Defence Minister A K Aantony to tell him the Sixth Pay Commission's recommendations relating to the services were inadequate and would not prevent attrition.

The three chiefs said they wanted an average increase of 50 to 60 per cent in salaries, whereas the pay commission offered 28 to 33 per cent hike.

Substantive issues like making the Military Service Pay a percentage of the salary, a bigger increase in hardship allowances and a more generous transport allowance were mooted.

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