With the UT Chandigarh getting rid of the Disturbed area tag,the benefits that the tag held for the officials of the UT Administration are set to go.
For almost two-and-a-half decades,officials enjoyed benefits,including monetary allowances,perks,security cover and other provisions such as retaining government accommodation in their parent state.
However,it is the police department officials who will be hit the most with the shedding of the tag. Apart from additional funds allocated in the budget for extra manpower in the police department,a battery of personal security guards always at their service was one of the key implications of the Disturbed Area Act.
Sources say that at least six former bureaucrats and senior police officials,who had served in the UT administration years ago have still retained government accommodation in the UT and have also have been given security personnel as they had served in the Disturbed Chandigarh. Besides this,even if an officer of a rank of a sub-inspector fired or shot at somebody,in case of a law and order situation,he could not be prosecuted until a special permission was sought from the central government. This power now stands cancelled.