Dissent in police Dept over Good Service Mark

IMPHAL,6th Oct: Discontentment among police personnel are brewing up in the state police department over awarding of Good Service (GS) Mark, which is awarded to personnel for their exemplary services in duty. According to some police personnel, the list of GS Mark winners published on October 4 missed out several policemen, who got recommendation for their exemplary and dedicated service. Interestingly, among the 1301 policemen, names of some personnel posted in Police Headquarters (PHQ) were found included for services related with insurgency related incidents, case investigation and POCSO cases, they said.

According to Assam Police Manual, GS marks are awarded to police personnel up to the rank of sub-inspector or jemadar in normal cases and up to the rank of inspector or subedar in special cases. Personnel with 5 GS marks have the opportunity to get promotion. GS marks are awarded for showing courageous and skilful exemplary services in special cases related with insurgency & controlling crimes, and commendable investigations in criminal and drug related cases. It is also awarded for exemplary service in policing, effective use of department assets and other areas.

Recommendation of any personnel for GS mark should contain detailed information of the services they rendered like their role in the particular case. In normal condition, a policeman can be recommended for one GS mark at a time. However, one can be recommended for more than one GS mark in exceptional cases. The recommendations should be scrutinised by a screening committee formed by PHQ.

However, the list published on October 4 left out several personnel recommended by district police, battalions and police organisations for their commendable services. Instead, some personnel posted in the PHQ were found included in the list against cases taken up by district police and police stations. Most of the personnel posted in PHQ, whose names were included in the list, are reportedly not posted in the intelligence unit. This has raised the question of their involvement in insurgency and arms recovery cases of other districts. More interestingly, some of the PHQ personnel also got GS marks for POCSO related cases, raising more question of their involvement in such cases.

Some of the discontented police personnel told The People’s Chronicle that the way the list was approved has disheartened many sincere and committed personnel, who could not afford to spend extra money to get their service recognised.

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