The High Court in a full verdict in a village police case asked the government to pay salaries of the village police members under union parishads.
The court also directed the finance ministry to include mahalladars and dafadars in the revenue and pay salaries of dafadars under the 19th grade and mahalladars under the 20th grade of the National Pay Scale 2015, according to a full verdict released on its website on Thursday.
The verdict declared the appointment of any village police member after June 2, 2011 illegal as it is a violation of the Local Government (union parishad) Service Rules 2011.
Earlier, the High Court bench of Justice Md Ashraful Kamal and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil pronounced the verdict on December 17, 2019 after hearing a writ petition jointly filed by the 355 village police members in December 2017.
The non-regularisation of services of 355 village police members was also declared illegal.
The court directed the government to pay arrears of the 355 village police members with due salaries and allowances as per the National Pay Scale 2009 up to June 2, 2011.
The petitioners prayed for regularisation of their services and demand payment of their salaries as fourth class employee of the government under the revenue scale following a 2008 decision.
Petitioners’ lawyer Humaun Kabir Pallab said that the village police members would be considered Class IV employees of union parishads and mahalladars and dafadars would get monthly salaries of Tk 18,000 to Tk 20,000.
A dafadar now gets Tk 7,000 while and a mahalladar gets Tk 8,000, he added.
He said there are around 47,000 village police members across the country.
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