Rs410.96m approved for scale upgradation of Islamabad Police

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Nov 2 Dharna proves a blessing in disguise

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Unlike previous sit-ins and protest rallies, for instance, of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Mumtaz Qadri Force or Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), PTI’s Nov 2 lock down plan has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the federal capital police that has been upgraded en mass to the next scale along with a reasonable pay rise.
The Establishment Division on Tuesday as follow up to the Interior Minister’s statement of one day earlier issued a notification and Finance Ministry allocated an amount of Rs410.96 million for Police Constables, Head Constables and Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs).
Previously, the police force was criticized for poor handling of the sit-ins and marchers were seen roaming the Red Zone and taking over the control of the state buildings. However, this time the police didn’t let this happen and perhaps for this reason the government has approved their scale upgradation and salary raise.
On the other hand the force had been complaining of being overburdened and little relief in terms of financial support by the government. The government’s decision to upgrade their scale is a morale-boosting factor and according to police chiefs of the federal capital will also help enhance their efficiency.
A total of 10,081 police personnel are benefitted from this mass promotion. According to the notification issued Wednesday scales of 7,579 police constables, 1,423 head constables and 1.079 ASIs are upgraded with all the monetary benefits. With this latest step, police constables are promoted from grade-5 to grade-7, head constable from grade-7 to grade-9 and ASI from grade-9 to grade-11.
It may be mentioned here that the interior minister had also accorded approval to bring salaries of FC personnel at par with the Islamabad police. Service tenure of FC personnel would be increased from 35 to 45
years.
Besides enhancing salaries, the FC personnel would also be given internal security duty allowance while service duration of FC personal would be increased from 35 to 45 years, this was further approved. Salaries of FC personal are being increased in view of their meritorious services for internal security and maintaining law and order situation.

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