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Sufficient funds for the salaries, says J&K police

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said there was no cash crunch and every drawing and disbursing officials has got sufficient funds for the salaries for its personnel.

The clarification came after a news report suggested that a section of the Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel including IPS officers who get their salaries under New Pension Scheme (NPS), have not been paid their salaries for the last two months. Police claimed the report as fake.

“Regarding a #fake news doing rounds on social media that the salary of Police personnel hadn’t been paid for the past 2 months. It’s hereby clarified that every DDO (drawing and disbursing officer) has got sufficient funds in salary heads,” Additional Director General of Police, Kashmir said in a tweet.

A police spokesman later said Police Headquarters has made available adequate funds to all its units for salary of its employees including those covered under NPS.

“Some social media accounts, media persons and individuals are falsely reporting that due to non availability of budget the salary of the police employees covered under NPS could not be drawn. There is no truth in it and is far from the facts. Therefore, this false information is rebutted. It is informed that Police Headquarters has made available adequate funds to all its units for salary of its employees including those covered under NPS,” a police spokesman said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti reacted to the news report and termed it sad development.

“Sad that salaries of those who serve on the frontline have been withheld since two months. One can well empathise with the plight & pain of these families who solely rely on these salaries as their only source of income,” Mufti tweeted.

Former minister and PDP leader Naeem Akhtar while sharing the report on the “holding of salaries” termed it “a new for Naya Kashmir.”

UNI