Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday warned state police officers that lower rank police officers for personal work will have to pay their salaries as the government will soon stop their salaries.

Talking to the media, the Chief Minister said that there are allegations that some police officers engaged personnel of various armed battalions for personal and domestic work.

“I have asked the commandants of the armed battalions and the superintendent of police of different districts to give a detailed report and information within 10 days. If such practice continues, the concerned police officers will have to pay the salaries of these police personnel. And the government will not pay for it,” said Sarma, who also holds the home portfolio.

He stressed that police personnel are recruited to maintain law and order and government duties.

The Assam cabinet had earlier decided that a Personal Security Officer (PSO) for important persons would be posted on the basis of chief security review and for those holding constitutional posts.

Sarma said, “Assam had 4,000 PSOs, already we have reduced them to 700. We have come out with guidelines on how many PSOs there will be for ministers, MLAs and the Leader of the Opposition.” Half the number of PSOs

Before the decision, Assam spent Rs 400 crore for the salary and allowances of PSOs.