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Police ask 10 percent hike in hardship allowance to boost ‘self-esteem’..

In order to boost “self-esteem and self-respect of cops operating in Jammu and Kashmir” the police has asked for a 10 percent hike in the “hardship allowance.” The police feel it has become a target of widespread anger that swept the Kashmir valley after the charismatic Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani died in a shootout with the government forces in July, 2016. The police believe it has done enough to curb the protest demonstrations to deserve a raise from 10 per cent to 20 percent in the allowance.
A top police official has petitioned R K Goyal, the principal secretary (Home) of the Jammu and Kashmir government, that since members of the force have gone out of their way to control the “mass agitations in Kashmir” it has created a tough situation for the cops. It feels the families of the policemen are targeted in order to isolate them within society.
The petition was drafted nearly a week back by Aftab Kakroo, Assistant Inspector General, Personal, saying the police had rendered great sacrifices in the last decade. “J&K police displayed a high professionalism and commitment in controlling the unprecedented mass agitation in year 2008, 2010 and 2016,” “The ongoing law and order situation which is radically distinctive and unprecedented in nature has created tougher times for J&K police which is specifically targeted, besides their families are harassed, in a bid to isolate them socially.”
The state police also feel that members of paramilitary forces like CRPF receive a much higher hardship allowance than its men even though both of them fight the stone-throwing protestors’ shoulder-to-shoulder on the streets of Kashmir. Indeed, the police say its share of allowance should be more because the conditions its men are facing are much more “scary” for they are “locals.”
“Given the nature of duties vis-a-vis hardships being faced by the police personnel not only during duty but even on social front, it has become imperative to boost their morale by enhancing the hardship allowance from present 10 per cent to 20 per cent. This will instil a sense of pride, self esteem and self respect in the police force,” says the petition.

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