Daily wagers in police
Jammu/Srinagar (J&K) July 28, 2021: Prof. Bhim Singh, President of J&K National Panthers Party, who is also Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee, J&K has urged Shri Ramnath Kovind, the Hon’ble President of India for his urgent intervention to ensure that long-awaited justice is done to police SPOs in J&K who have been working as active policemen for years and still have not been regularized in J&K and Ladakh.
Prof. Bhim Singh has been agitating for securing justice, equal wages for equal work right since 1982 when he (Bhim Singh) was a sitting MLA in J&K.
Prof. Bhim Singh also moved a writ petition seeking equal salary (wages) for equal work as the SPOs in full police uniform and equipment functioning as a policeman at all levels in J&K and Ladakh. It was the Legal Aid Committee which is headed by Prof. Bhim Singh as its Executive Chairman which has been agitating from the floors of the J&K Assembly to the floors of the High Court and Supreme Court seeking justice and equity for the J&K SPOs who were paid poorly which was not equivalent to the wages of a daily wager.
Prof. Bhim Singh conveyed to the President of India that J&K and Ladakh SPOs (Special Police Officers as they have been called) paid less than a daily wager on the streets. Many of them also lost their lives while fighting/resisting the militants and the law-breakers in J&K.
It was because of the intervention of the Supreme Court of India that the wages of the SPOS were raised a bit.
Prof. Bhim Singh has also settled the writ petition of the SPOs in the Supreme Court. The case was referred to the High Court of J&K. He urged the President of India for his urgent intervention so that all the SPOs shall be treated as regular policemen who have completed more than five years in regular service while fighting the militants and for the safety of the civilians as regular policemen have been doing as full-fledged policemen even sacrificing their lives without getting appropriate compensation for their dependents after killed by the militants and defending the public interest.
Prof. Bhim Singh hoped that intervention by the President of India shall save the lives of more than 35000 SPOs who have been paid less than a daily wager whereas they have been working at par with other policemen in J&K and Ladakh.