The Union home ministry on Friday doubled the honorarium of special police officers (SPOs) of Jammu and Kashmir from Rs 3,000 per month to Rs 6,000 in order to boost their morale as they play a vital role in combating militancy in the state.
“Union home minister Rajnath Singh has also constituted a committee for assessing the performance, utility and efficacy of the SPOs. The committee will be chaired by home ministry’s joint secretary (Jammu and Kashmir) and will have representatives of state director general of police and principal secretary (home) as members,” said a home ministry statement.
The honorarium is given by the state government and reimbursed by the Centre under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme. The last enhancement in honorarium was done in 2006.
There are more than 25,000 SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir but those who show exemplary work are promoted as followers or constables in the state police. Many of them are former militants who surrendered and later helped the police in combating militancy.
The proposal for enhancement of honorarium was mooted in 2012 and it was in-principle agreed by the then home minister P Chidambaram. But the proposal could not be implemented.
The SPOs were recruited in the police force at the peak of trouble in the state and proved very effective in dealing with the militancy due to their local knowledge and intelligence network.