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PHQ denies salary crunch in J&K Police

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday denied the media reports that a sizeable section of its personnel have not been paid their salaries for the last two months.

Reacting to a news report, former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti had earlier in the day said, “Sad that salaries of those who serve on the frontline have been withheld since two months. One can well empathise with the plight & pain of these families who solely rely on these salaries as their only source of income.”

When reached out, Additional Director General of Police, Police Headquarter, Mr M K Sinha termed the report as ‘baseless’.

“This is news to me. And not true,” texted Sinha in response to a query by The Dispatch.

A couple of hours, late in the evening, the Jammu and Kashmir police issued a rebuttal.

“Some social media accounts, media persons and individuals are falsely reporting that due to non-availability of budget the salary of the police employees covered under NPS could not be drawn. There is no truth in it and is far from the facts. Therefore, this false information is rebutted. It is informed that Police Headquarters has made available adequate funds to all its units for salary of its employees including those covered under NPS,” said Manoj Sheeri, the official Spokesman for the Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh.

Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir also termed the news as fake. “Regarding a fake news doing rounds on social media that the salary of Police personnel hadn’t been paid for past 2 months. It’s hereby clarified that every DDO has got sufficient funds in salary heads,” said the Kashmir Police on its official Twitter handle on Thursday evening.

A number of media outlets reported earlier that the police personnel including IPS officers from the Union Territory, who get their salaries under New Pension Scheme, not been paid their salaries for the months of October and November, and have been informed that their salaries have been withheld because of “non-availability of budget”.

An official source also said that there is no way that salaries of the J&K Police personnel will get delayed.

“The Jammu and Kashmir Police is considered one of the elite forces of the country. While salaries of the other departments in Jammu and Kashmir might have delayed in the past, there is no way that the JKP cops will face any delay in the salaries,” he said.

 

(This story has been updated with additional inputs.)

 

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