SRINAGAR, JUNE 29: Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri today informed that 4925 youth were engaged as SPOs from March 2012 to November 2015.
Replying to clubbed question of Rani Garji Blowria, Sham Lal Bhagat, Showkat Hussain Ganaie and Chanranjit Singh, the Minister said the engagements of SPOs is carried out on operational grounds taking into consideration the right aptitude, ability to collect actionable intelligence and its speedy dissemination as primary criteria for engagement of youth as SPOs as per requirement by concerned district SSPs or Unit heads.
The Minister said the Government has notified a comprehensive policy in September 2009 for absorption/ conversion of SPOs as constables or followers, adding that 3331 SPOs have been converted as constables till date. He said according to the policy, SPOs with minimum three years experience are absorbed as constables up to 15 per cent of the available vacancies of constables on the basis of excellence in counter-insurgency operations, excellence in sports with first, second or three positions at state or national level or possession of ITI Diploma
Mr. Veeri said the Government has already enhanced honorarium of SPOs working in the Police Department from January 1st, 2016. He said under new scheme, the SPOs with experience of less than one year will receive Rs 5000, while on completion of one year, they will get Rs 5500 and on completion of three year, they will receive Rs 6000.