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SPOs to move top court

Bongaigaon, Dec. 19: The special police officers (SPOs) in Assam will move the Supreme Court against the state governmentís alleged failure to comply with Gauhati High Courtís judgment in 2009 to regularise their jobs.

Members of the All-Assam SPO Association said here today they had moved the high court in 2009 seeking the courtís intervention to regularise their jobs and the court ordered in their favour but the state government is yet to implement it.

Nearly 1,200 SPOs were recruited by superintendents of police in 12 districts from among retired personnel of the army, navy, air force and surrendered militants to assist the state police.

They were appointed under Section 23 of Assam Police Act, 2007, with monthly fixed salary of Rs 3,000.

Following their demands, the salary structure was revised to Rs 4,836 for constables, Rs 5,326 for non-commissioned officers and Rs 6,169 for junior-commissioned officers.

The SPOs, especially the retired security personnel, however, moved the director-general of resettlement (DGR), New Delhi, to regularise their jobs with facilities in adherence to Assam Police Act, 2007.

The DGR issued an order on July 14 in 2008 to Assam police to regularise the jobs of SPOs and pay them Rs 5,000 as salary with the provision of 10 per cent annual increment along with other facilities.

ďWhen the police department did not follow the order issued by the DGR, our association approached Gauhati High Court in 2009. The court passed the judgment in favour of us,Ē the associationís secretary, Nazrul Islam, said.

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