STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Monday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the grant of Hardship Allowance at the rate of 8 per cent of basic pay in the revised pay levels in favour of Gazetted and Non Gazetted Police Personnel from January 1, 2019. The SAC also approved Hardship Allowance at the rate of 10 per cent of Basic Pay in the revised pay levels in respect of ‘Classified’ category of Police personnel including those deployed with Special Police components and Bomb Disposal squads. The police personnel entitled to 10 per cent Hardship Allowance will be notified by the Finance Department separately. The new rate of Hardship Allowance will be in lieu of Hardship Allowance paid at the rate of 10 per cent of pre-revised Basic Pay as per Government Order No Home 1162 (P) of 2010 dated September 16, 2010. The Police personnel were entitled to Hardship allowance at the rate of 10 per cent of basic pay in terms of 6th Pay Commission. In view of the implementation of 7th Pay Commission, there was a need to revisit the rates of Hardship Allowances so as to bring in rationality in the rates viz-a-viz the hike on account of pay. The SAC also accorded sanction to the raising of two women battalions of Jammu and Kashmir Police along with creation of 2,014 posts of various ranks for these battalions. The posts include two posts of Commandants, six posts of Deputy Commandant, 14 posts of DySP, 14 posts of Inspector, four posts of Inspector (M)/ Tel, 46 posts of Sub-Inspector, four posts of Sub-Inspector (M)/Tel, 46 posts of Assistant Sub-Inspector, 10 posts of Assistant Sub-Inspector (M), 320 posts of Head Constable, eight posts of Constable (Tel), 1402 posts of Constables/Tel, 138 posts of Followers, two posts of Medical Officer, four posts of Medical Assistant and two posts of Nursing Assistant.
The two battalions will be raised exclusively for women on the pattern of Border Battalions. The move is aimed at equipping the J&K Police to effectively deal with crimes against the women and give due representation to the Women in the Police force.
Due to inadequate representation/availability of women police personnel at various levels and to address the issues of gender based violence faced by women, State Government had taken up the issue of raising of Women Police battalions with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The recruitment to these two women battalions will be completed within one year from the date of sanction. The raising of a women battalion will involve financial implications of Rs 235.86 crore of which Rs 105.11 crore will be provided by Government of India and Rs 129.94 crore will be State share.
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