Do not become victims of misinformation, Patil tells cops

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New Delhi, Apr 9 (UNI) In an important message to police organisations against the backdrop of unrest over the recommendations of the VIth Pay Commission, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today assured personnel that the government would take care of their interests.

Addressing a gathering here this evening to mark the Shaurya Diwas celebrations of the Central Reserve Police (CRP), Mr Patil asked the personnel not to worry about their interests. ''Do not fall victim to the misinformation,'' he asserted.

Senior officials of almost all centralpara military forces were present.

His words came in the backdrop of unrest, especially by the Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre which controls the top brass of para military forces.

Top-ranked officials from across the nation had a couple of days ago converged at the Home Ministry to register their protest against anamolies in their payscales brought in by the 6th Pay Commission.

The whos who of the Indian Police Services walked into the Home Ministry today with a demand for equal treatment.

The recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission put the Director General of Police on par with an Additional Secretary of the Administrative Service while the Chief Secretary, the head of the Administrative Service, is by payscale, a grade higher.

No recommendations have been made by the 6th Pay commission to bring IPS officers on par with their counterparts in the IAS.

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