Chhattisgarh hikes salaries of troops fighting naxals by 58%

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PoliceIt is lucrative to be in the police force in Chhattisgarh, fighting naxalites, after the Chhattisgarh government raised salaries of police jawans and troops posted in Naxalite-dominated areas of Bastar division, Gariyaband and Rajnandgaon, by 58%.

The move is likely to benefit 22,000 police jawans. Instead of a salary of Rs 8,990, the jawans would now get Rs 14,144 per month.

In addition, they would be entitled to Rs 25 lakh insurance cover, which would cost the exchequer Rs 121 crore per annum.

A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minster Raman Singh, at a cabinet meeting, on 30 June.

Singh said, 70% of naxalism in India is in the state, of which 90% is in Bastar region. This calls monetary support and benefits to those fighting naxalites. As per the cabinet decision, ration allowances have also been increased for state police force in Bastar from, Rs 650 to Rs 2,650.Ration allowances have been increased for STF from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,200.

The cabinet decided to hike naxalite areas allowances in three categories; allowances for those in most sensitive areas would be 50% of their basic salary; 35% for sensitive areas and 15% for the general affected areas. This will be applicable till 2018-19.

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