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Mizoram policemen miffed over not getting top govt posts, threaten strike

By: Express News Service | Aizawl | Posted: February 12, 2014 10:21 pm

Irked at the Mizoram government canceling a Cabinet decision to allot senior police officers secretary level posts, a police officers’ body comprised of SPs and senior Home Department officials on Wednesday took exception to the move and said it will “do whatever is necessary” to push for a re-implementation of the decision.

The move comes months after government engineers won a secretary-level post reserved for one of their own after several rounds of strikes. Cadres of the Mizoram Engineering Services were in fact the latest to be reserved such posts – various other service cadres from several Mizoram Organised Services, including the Mizoram Civil Services (MCS), Mizoram Finance and Accounts Services (MF&CS), Mizoram Secretariat Services (MSS) and the Mizoram Judicial Services (MJS) have and are currently heading various departments as secretary-level bureaucrats.

Wednesday’s meeting of officers from the Mizoram Police Services (MPS) condemned the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms’ (DP&AR) revocation of a September 11, 2013 cabinet decision to reserve three top administrative posts under the Home Department for MPS cadres.

“As torch-bearers of the government, we police officers have never shown any kind of unhappiness towards the state. We will negotiate with the government, but if that fails we will do whatever is necessary [to realise our demand],” a statement by the Mizoram Police Service Association said.

This is the second incident of Mizoram’s police personnel publicly complaining about service matters in less than six months. Late last year, a police body made up of more than 13,000 lower-rank personnel ranging from constables to inspectors had jumped the chain of command and directly approached the Chief Minister demanding a wage hike, complaining they were receiving less than their counterparts in various other departments.

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