Dasara has come early for Karnataka police, as a state pay revision panel has recommended a 30 to 35% increase in the salaries of the state police force.


The salary increment will be applicable to constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors, police inspectors, deputy superintendents of police and superintendents of police (non IPS).


The pay revision committee headed by Raghavendra Auradkar, ADGP (Additional Director General of Police) on Monday submitted the recommendations to the Home Minister G. Parameshwarat Vikasa Soudha.


After the implementation of the recommendations, monthly salaries of policemen, who earn ₹6500 will now go up to ₹8500. Those who are now getting a salary of ₹19,606 inclusive of allowances would get ₹25,350 after revision. Non-IPS officers who are getting a salary of ₹60,608 inclusive of allowances would get ₹66,483 after revision.


“The Karnataka police at present are in the 8th slot in terms of salary, compared to their counterparts in other states. Once the recommendations are implemented, they will move up to the 5th slot,” Home Minister Parameshwara told reporters after receiving the report.


The Home Minister, however, was non-committal about the implementation of the recommendations. He said a final call will be made after it is submitted to the Chief Minister.


“I will submit the report to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The recommendations will be discussed in the cabinet. Approval of the Finance department is mandatory before implementing the recommendations. There is no timeframe for the implementation,” he said.


The state government was pushed into action in June, after thousands of policemen in Karnataka went on mass leave protesting against the poor salaries and mistreatment by senior IPS officers.