While the constabulary is upset over the government’s delay in declaring a pay hike as per the recommendations of a committee headed by the ADGP Raghavendra Auradkar.
Bangalore: While the constabulary is upset over the government’s delay in declaring a pay hike as per the recommendations of a committee headed by the ADGP Raghavendra Auradkar, the police department has continued to initiate the disciplinary action against those who had shared or liked posts related to a protest by police personnel in this connection.
It is learnt that a police constable attached to the Kodigehalli police station was suspended early in this week, after he allegedly forwarded a message on a WhatsApp group in which there were only policemen.
The message was about policemen and their family members going on a assault against the state government for not revising their salaries. As senior officers were updated about this, they suspended that the constable as a disciplinary action.
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Meanwhile, the policemen, specifically those in the lower rung, are upset over the government not keeping its word. “When a strike was planned in June, the government took an undertaking from us that we would not go on a strike and then promised that it will give us pay hike. Even after a committee headed by an ADGP submitted its report recommending 35 percent hike, the government is still sitting on the file. It’s more than one and half months after the committee submitted its recommendations, but the government had not acted so far,” a constable in the East division said.
Another constable working in the West division said that the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards the police had already had its impact on a functioning of the police.
“We were confident that the government would do something about our salaries. But we are not sure when they will give us hike. The delay has brought down our interest in the work. However we are sent on beats, many of us are not doing an effective work. This is what happens when the government does not reply to our problems and demands,” he said.
The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister Dr G. Parameshwar to hold a joint press conference on Friday, the police personnel are hoping that the government would make the official announcement of the pay hike. It is learnt that the government has decided to revise the salaries and to increase it by 24 per cent.