Jitendra Bhardwaj, Tech for FTCP, New Delhi
Updated Tue, 08 Sep 2020 06:38 PM IST
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On February 7, SK Shahi, joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, had sent a letter to the chief secretaries of the states asking the CAPF to provide the facilities to the retired personnel as ex-servicemen.
Not only this, the central government itself is not providing ex-servicemen facilities to CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB personnel, while letters are being written to the states for this. On February 7, SK Shahi, joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, had sent a letter to the chief secretaries of the states asking the CAPF to give retired personnel status as ex-servicemen.
The first official memorandum in this regard was issued on 23 November 2012 from the Ministry. In this, it was said to give 'X CAPF Personal' status to retired personnel of Central Paramilitary Forces. Subsequently, on 19 February 2013, 29 June 2013 and 23 March 2014, the Ministry sent letters to the states urging them to give all the benefits to X CAPF Person on the lines of Ex Serviceman.
Ex-CAPF status gives retired personnel a distinct identity, recognition and status in society. When the Union Home Ministry reviewed it after two to three years, it was found that not a single state has provided the status of Ex-Serviceman and the benefits under it to CAPF personnel on the lines of Army. So far no state has taken steps as per the said letter. The reason for this is that the Center has not given all the benefits to these former personnel on the lines of the army.
Ranbir Singh, the general secretary of the Ex-Paramilitary Force Welfare Association, (Confederation of Ex-Paramilitary Force Welfare Association), has met with officials and leaders several times in this matter and has given them a memorandum. Their demands include opening of paramilitary schools in the state capitals in the name of Sardar Patel for better education of the children of paramilitary forces and expanding CGHS dispensary for better health facilities. There has been a demand to give the status of ex-servicemen to the personnel of paramilitary forces on the lines of the army and to establish a paramilitary welfare board at the district level in the states.