Wardak police threaten to quit jobs amid low stipend
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): A number of police officials in central Maidan Wardak province on Friday warned they would quit their jobs if their stipends were not increased.
Faridullah, a local policeman in the province, told Pajhwok Afghan News that their salaries were decreased 12%. “Earlier, I was getting 12,000 afghanis but now I’m getting 10,500 for the last two months,” he recalled.
He said if surge was not announced in the salaries then he would prefer to quit the job. Fazal, another policeman in Daimirdad district, said he and his colleagues were discharging their duties in the most troubled part of the province.
They should be given incentives by discharging their duties in tough area while the government had slashed their salaries, he added.
Another policeman wising not to be named said every policeman was facing death all time because militants staged attack every time. “On one hand we are fighting with well-armed insurgents while on the other we are getting meager salaries. In this state of affairs, we prefer to say goodbye to our jobs,” he noted.
Abdul Wali Noorzai, police spokesman, acknowledged that police stipends witnessed decrease from 1,300 afs to 1,500 afs. The decrease in salary occurred because the province’s rank had been lowered to second status in terms of security.
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