Provide justice to SPOs, Home Guards: Harsh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 9: Senior Panthers Party leader and MLA Ramnagar has expressed serious concern over the growing unrest amongst the SPOs and the Home Guards of the State working in Police department and the protest demonstrations being held by them at various places in support of their demands.
While urging upon the Government to fulfill their legitimate demands, Mr Singh insisted for formulation of a definite policy for regularization of their services in conformity with the policy framed for regularization of other categories of ad hoc, temporary and contractual employees in various other government departments. He said that SPOs are performing a very significant role in security operations and maintaining law and order in the State but are being disregarded and ignored by the respective Governments. Mr Singh said a stipulated time frame is required for conversion of SPOs as Police Constables. He demanded fixation of specific number of seats in police recruitment for SPOs and enhancement in their honorarium besides extension of the benefits of SRO 43 to them.
Ther NPP leader further expressed concern over the plight of agitating Home Guards and the Government apathy towards their issues. He urged upon the Government to address their genuine issues and take immediate measures for fulfilling their long pending demands as assured repeatedly by it. He demanded due remuneration to Home Guards on the analogy of their counterparts in Punjab, Harayana, Andhra Pradesh and other states. He said Home Guards of AP are getting Rs 4500 per month plus allowances, in Punjab Rs 11,500 pm whereas, in J&K they are given just Rs 545 per month which is most glaring example of Hume Rights violation.