State’s Home Ministry on Sunday revealed that it has already absorbed 2116 Special Police Officials (SPO) as constables and followers under the policy that state government adopted in 2009. It is currently pursuing the MHA to enhance the monthly wages of SPOs from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000.
In 2009, the state home ministry informed the legislature the government drafted a policy envisaging absorbing SPOs for 15% of existing vacancies of constables and followers on basis of their:
(a) Excellence in counter-insurgency operations,
(b) Excellence in sports and should have won either of the three positions in individual or team events in state or national competitions,
(c) Have ITI diploma in different trades or AICTE recognition in computer subject.
Only those SPOs can apply for this reservation within the police recruitment who have crossed the age limit of 28 years but are within 37 years of age, have completed three years continuous engagement.
At the same time, the government has issued SRO 32 that makes kins of slain SPOs eligible for benefits under SRO 43 of 1994. However, they will have no claim to a job in police if the SPO dies in harness.
The government also said the state home ministry has responded to all the queries that state finance ministry raised over enhancing the ration money from Rs 600 to Rs 1000, per head, per month. Finance Minister, however, has accepted the pay anomalies in the wages of ASIs and Head Constables and orders are being issued soon.