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Following complaints in front of HM, MHA takes serious note, may order probe
As controversies plague recruitment of SPOs, deviations in engagement come to fore
9/25/2017 10:53:54 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 25: As the flaws in recruitment process of SPOs have already created furore in political corridors with MLAs from opposition having pointed out fingers to instances of nepotism and consolidation of vote bank policy being criteria seen in most of the appointments, allegations of some drawing double salaries have only reinforced the belief there is complete lack of transparency even in their engagement at various places.Centre is learnt to have taken serious note of the allegations levelled afresh by the delegations of political parties as also by legislators individually during recent meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Sources said even as public representatives from both the Houses have been crying hoarse that SPOs have been appointed solely on basis of consolidating vote bank by the ruling PDP and BJP in respective constituencies during last budget session in winter capital, the government assured transparency but failed to take steps that could have dispelled the allegations on the ground level. No merit nor any mandatory ability in terms of requirement for duties was considered for SPOs so appointed nor was it seen in which area they are needed most as per their role , sources said adding that even in some cases it was pointed put that some SPOs who were appointed on political recommendations were not even physically fit.
However, a new dimension in the ongoing controversy over appointment of SPOs has only reinforced belief in the state entire matter right from recruitment process to their engagement on the ground level remains dubious, sources said. In a meeting recently, it was pointed out by the public representatives that some SPOs appointed have been working as tourist guides at famous tourist places in Kashmir contrary to the role defined for their duty, sources said. Not only this, it was also found that they have been drawing salary from Tourism department as well in addition to their salary from the Home department, sources further said.
Pertinent to mention is that there are allegations galore with regard to their engagement that they are mostly seen doing miscellaneous chores at the places of either political bosses or in homes of senior Police officers and even at official residences of bureaucrats which defeats the very purpose of their appointment and basic engagement.
However, as the state government has completely failed to check these brazen aberrations, MHA is learnt to have taken serious note after complaints were put forth afresh during Home Minister's recent visit and directed the state government to put a stop to further engagement of SPOs, sources said adding that this may follow ordering probe into certain instances of deviations in their engagement.
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