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7,000 police personnel to be promoted, no pay hike

Jalandhar, December 14

Over 7,000 personnel from the Punjab Police and the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) will be promoted at a function to be held at the PAP headquarters here tomorrow morning.

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About 5,000 of these cops will be given On Rank Promotion (ORP), wherein their pipping will be done, but a regular promotion will take place later. Senior police officials stated that though ORP was on since the days of terrorism, it had last been done about five years ago, just ahead of the end of the tenure of the previous SAD-BJP government.

ADGP, HR and Welfare, BK Uppal said, “These will be local ranks which are given to fill vacancies. There will be no corresponding salary hike.”

He elaborated, “The next rank is given due to a shortfall that arises because of retirement of staff and other reasons. All such promotions will be up to the rank of inspector. About 3,000 cops to be promoted are from the PAP. Around 1,200 cops who have just cleared the examination will also get pipped tomorrow. Besides, there are those who could not clear the examination but have completed 16 years of service on one post without an adverse record.”

A DSP, whose subordinate is getting promoted, said, “The promotions, though temporary, will boost the cops’ morale. The man who gets promoted from an ASI to an SI will be able to work as an incharge at a police post.”

Commissioner of Police, Jalandhar, Arpit Shukla said, “About 8000 cops from the PAP and the field have been called. Let’s see how many of them get pipped.” The function will be held in the presence of Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and DGP Suresh Arora.

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