Kashmir Police to Hire 100 More SPOs To Combat ‘Rising’ Militancy

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Srinagar: Amid revival of militancy in Kashmir, the police is all set to hire 100 more Special Police Official (SPO)s in the summer capital of Srinagar.
The police have come up with formal advertisement inviting aspirants to try their luck as ‘contractual employees’ in the Khaki ranks. 
“Applications are invited from the permanent residents of J&K State preferably residing in Srinagar district along with self-attested photocopies of DOB Certificate, State subject Certificate, Educational/ Technical Qualification certificates … for their engagement as SPOs in district police Srinagar against 100 available vacancies,” reads the advertisement published in various Srinagar-based dailies.
Sources said the SPOs were being hired in a bid to improve counter insurgency on two fronts; the cyber policing and the Special Operations Group of police based at Cargo here. “Priority will be for macho men and those having ethical hacking skills because we look ahead to utilize their services to combat militancy on the ground and the cyber world, alike,” said a police official, asking not to be identified.
An official of the rank of Deputy General of Police is likely to head the selection committee, while June 18 is the last date of filing of applications, in the City where unemployment is highest in the region.
The government has already hiked the wages of the SPOs, who have been helping security forces to tackle militancy; the stipend has been doubled to Rs 6,000 per month.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has enhanced the honorarium of Special Police Officers (SPOs) of Jammu and Kashmir upto Rs 6,000 per month from Rs 3,000 per month,” officials said. Since their genesis in 1996, the SPOs had been getting mere Rs 1500 as monthly stipend for several years.
Officials said the SPO’s got first hike during the regime of the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad whereas subsequently his successor Omar Abdullah had asked the center to hike their wages further.
The police looks ahead for the new induction at a time when the north and south of Kashmir have witnessed rise in militancy. While the Army says over 100 militants are active in the restive-Valley, there have been reports of radicalization of more of educated youth, something which has left the state and the central governments, unnerved.
Though Srinagar exceptionally continues to be “militant-free district” for the past over two years, last month militants surfaced in the City, killing three cops in two separate incidents in a day. The same evening two unidentified militants were killed in a “mysterious” shootout in the Sarai Bala area of the civil lines.
Officials said there are 25,000 odd SPOs in the state, while Srinagar-based  SOG headquarter has around 1000 of them active on counter-insurgency.

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