Senior ATS officer had not been paid for eight months

Sanjay Banerjee, the deputy commissioner of police who shot himself dead on Saturday, was posted with the technical cell of state's anti-terrorism squad (ATS), where he was among two senior officials who were not paid salaries, more than Rs 60,000 per month, for the last eight months as the government had failed to officially sanction their posts.

Besides Banerjee, another DCP posted in the intelligence cell of ATS, Rajendra Dabhade, has also gone without a salary for the same period. These two cells deal with analysing and maintaining anti-terror data.

However, following a series of correspondence, the issue was about to get resolved.

"The two officers were not getting their salaries for around eight months, which is a very demotivating example for the force. The ATS is a very challenging posting, and if senior officers do not get their salaries it sends out a wrong signal," said a senior ATS officer requesting anonymity.

The home department had asked the finance department to start clearing their salaries, but the latter reverted saying the postings of these two officers had not been sanctioned, and hence the salaries cannot be processed.

"Finally, on Wednesday, the home department sanctioned their posts after ATS senior officers replied saying that if these two posts were not sanctioned then why had the officers been transferred to the ATS," said the officer.

When asked about the salary issue, Sanjeev Dayal, director general of police, Maharashtra, said the procedure has been started to resolve the issue.

 

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