August 15, 2011 1:47:59 am
The Home Departments efforts to set up a marine police force in coastal areas have hit a hurdle,with very few willing to take up the posting. One reason for the lack of applicants seems to be the huge disparity between the salaries of the marine force staffers and that of existing cadre.
In a recent notification,the state government said that 11 persons would man a marine police station. This includes a police inspector,one sub-inspector,two head constables,two constables and a driver (also a police constable). The total strength finalised for the 12 marine police stations is 660 policemen.
Other staffers would include a master,sarnag,engine driver and oilman cum cleaner.
The government decided to pay a fixed salary starting from Rs 10,000. The master will get Rs 25,000,the sarnag Rs 18,000,the engine driver Rs 15,000 and the oilman cum cleaner Rs 10,000.
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However,the salaries of the constables and sub-inspectors would be according to the government rules of fixed pay.
The 12 police inspectors in these police stations would be recruited with a promotion in the grade pay of Rs 4,600,sub-inspectors would be recruited in a direct recruitment drive with grade pay of Rs 4,400,head constables with grade pay of Rs 2000,and police constables (including police driver) from direct recruitment drive with fixed salary of Rs 4,500.
Policemen of the rank of constables and sub-inspectors who are recruited with the Gujarat Public Service Commission (hence direct recruits) are paid a fixed salary of Rs 4,500 for five years until they are absorbed as per government rules.
In 2009,the state government announced the recruitment of 300 policemen of constable and sub-inspector rank for the marine force. The recruitment is still on. The government has set a deadline of February 2012.
Sources said that another reason for lack of applicants is that personnel working in cities do not want to join coastal policing.
An SIB officer said,The task of marine policing is more challenging than that of general police. Patrolling the 1,600-km Gujarat coast is hard work. The state police is mostly deputing new recruits in the force except the rank of police inspectors,who are on a low salary,which is demotivating for them.
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