Jammu and Kashmir government announces salary incentive to election staff, SPOs

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The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday announced salary incentive to its employees deputed for election duties and a likely increase in pay packets of special police officers (SPOs), Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam said.

Addressing the media, he said 400 additional paramilitary companies would reach the state to provide security for the conduct of municipal elections beginning on October 8.

The Chief Secretary claimed that the increasing tendency to resign from their job among the SPOs was restricted to some areas in the Kashmir Valley.

He further said, “soon the monthly salaries of the SPOs will be enhanced. You will see a quantum jump in the salaries of the SPOs in a day or two.”

Subrahmanyam said the urban body polls will include 79 municipalities, including two municipal corporations of Jammu and Srinagar cities.

The election to Panchayats would be held in 9 phases on November 17, 20, 24, 27, 29 and December 01, 04, 08 and 11. And those to the Municipal bodies would be conducted in four phases on 08, 10, 13 and 16 October 2018.

However, the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — have decided to stay away from the polls citing the central government’s stand on Article 35-A, which gives special status to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.