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Central Para-Military Forces of India Needs Country’s

Compassion & Sympathy


Submitted by P.S Nair, General Secretary, All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association before the well wishers of the Country.

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India has a plethora of police forces, with different organizations, both at the central as well as the state levels. Additional units of such forces are also being raised. Till a few years back, these forces were used more on the basis of availability than their primary tasks. As an example, the Border Security Force (BSF), which is meant for deployment on the international borders, was for long used for conducting counter-insurgency operations. Although the tasks were rationalized once again in 2001 when a major exercise was carried out by a Group of Ministers (GoM), the tendency to use these police forces in an ad hoc manner continues. Between the Army and civil Police are Paramilitary Forces CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB are combatant and tactical Forces. The role of these forces in the defense of our country and their sacrifices in the wars India thought cannot be over looked. They are shifted from one hard situation to another without any break for recoupment.  They have to work away from their families for very long periods and are supposed to make supreme sacrifices while discharging their duties to the Country.  They are the first line of defense and are deployed at high altitude between 5000 to 20000 feet on the International Borders with the history of fighting enemy shoulder to shoulder with the Army in every war India fought after independence and other operations and faced heavy casualties.  The 7th Schedule of the Constitution of India puts Army, Navy, Air Force and  other Armed Forces of the Union together.  As per the Acts of each Paramilitary Forces passed by the Parliament time to time, they are the Armed Forces of the Union.  Therefore, discriminating the Army and Paramilitary Forces in the matter of Pay and Pension and other facilities is violation of 7th Schedule of the Constitution of India.    whenever we ask for any facilities/concessions, we are shamelessly told that we are not entitled for the same because the Paramilitary Forces are governed by CCS (Pension) Rules. Vide a notification dated 22 Dec. 2003 the Ministry of Finance exempted the Armed Forces of the Union  from the purview of New Contributory Pension System introduced with effect from 01 Jan. 2004 for all new entrants to the Central Govt. Services.  Subsequently the MoF clarified that the Central Paramilitary Forces which are also notified as Armed Forces of the Union are not exempted.  This seems to be a deliberate discrimination.

India has a large number of internal security challenges, where groups of militants have taken up arms to force the nation to meet their demands. These include the insurgencies in all the states of the north east, the major Pakistan-supported insurgency in J & K and the growing Maoist insurgency in six states of the country.

The Para Military forces are capable of carrying out their internal security tasks in an efficient manner, and are capable of conducting high grade internal security operations, including counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations.

In India, law and order is a state responsibility. States maintain police forces for routine law and order, crime prevention and investigations, traffic control and similar well known duties. In addition, states also maintain armed police units for dealing with higher levels of law and order situations. Although the central government is not responsible for law and order, it does maintain a variety of large armed police forces for allotment to the states whenever demands are made by the states. As the responsibility of border management is that of the central government, it maintains forces for border security also. Accordingly the act of CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB were passed as “Bills” in different sessions of the Parliament envisages these Forces as Paramilitary Forces (CPMF)

“Para-Military force is responsible for guarding India's land borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh during peacetime and preventing trans-border crimes. During a wartime situation, the bulks of Para-Military units are placed under the command of the army and are re-deployed in accordance with the army’s plan. It we examine the Paramilitary Forces in Asian Countries, We can see that they are neither part of Army nor civil Police, but are closely associated with both in their operations. They are combatant and tactical Forces that means the combat Forces comes

Para-Military is responsible for guarding the Indo-Tibetan Border, covering approximately 2115 km. The force is trained in mountaineering.

Para-Military is also deployed on the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.

Para-Military forces assist the police forces of the states and union territories' in managing high grade law and order situations and to conduct counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations. Its force personnel are also trained to respond rapidly to sectarian violence and other major riot situations. Para-Military currently raising  strong anti-naxal force consisting of a number of COBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalions.

Para-Military force (CISF) force was raised to guard industrial installations around the country owned by the Central government, as well as for securing seaports and airports. Recently CISF has also started providing services to non government organizations.

The GoM on internal security, in its recommendations made in mid-2001 had identified the CRPF as the force of choice for countering high level law and order situations, including insurgency and terrorism. Prior to this, other police forces were also being used to tackle low grade insurgency, in addition to varied other tasks, like election duties, VIP security, dealing with communal and other type of riots and so on.  The BSF force personnel are being used to assist the army in conducting Counter Insurgency (CI) and Counter Terrorism (CT) tasks in border areas.


Senior leadership in Para-Military is from the IPS. They get seconded to the CRPF after doing stints in districts and divisions in various states. They thus have no expertise of commanding CPF’s, having commanded no sub-units of the force.    Frustration has started creeping in the directly recruited officers, as almost all aspects from policy to decision making is in the hands of the IPS cadre officers. Thus, optimum advantage of directly recruited officers is not being taken.
In our country, we have to contend with both internal and external insurgencies and terrorism. External terrorism is of two categories - that which is actively supported by an inimical state (proxy war) and that launched independently by non-state actors. India is facing both. With regards to proxy wars and other externally sponsored high grade insurgencies, the Para-Military the only instrument with the government that can handle them with professional competence.

India has been tackling internal insurgencies for over five decades. The insurgencies in the north eastern states of India commenced in Nagaland and gradually encompassed all the states in that region. Para-Military force personnel were instrumental in containing terrorism in Punjab and in the state of Mizoram. Both were resolved with the cooperation of the people of these states. Another major challenge in the realm of internal security is the Naxalite insurgency, also called Maoist insurgency, which has been building up for the last two decades, but has now become so serious that the Prime Minister has stated that it is the biggest challenge for the country today.

The Naxalites had adopted the ideology of President Mao, who had begun the Cultural Revolution in China in 1966. The Naxalite movement did receive support from China but there was little evidence of material support. India managed to weaken the Naxalite movement significantly in 1971 by using the  Para-Military. Thereafter, the movement remained underground till the early ’90s. It has resumed since the late ’90s, corresponding with India’s economic growth and has now become large and potent,especially as the benefits of economic growth have not trickled down. The Naxalites specifically inhabit an area known as the “Red Corridor,” which stretches from West Bengal to Karnataka state. The most violent states are Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. The entire region has rolling hills covered in dense jungle, with indifferent roads. These favour the Naxalites in controlling entry of outsiders, while the dense jungles make reconnaissance by aircraft extremely difficult.
Although the region has an abundance of raw materials in its hills and forests, the government has not been able to exploit these resources because it cannot effectively control them. The Naxalites too have resisted any government attempt to develop the area’s economy.  The Naxalites consist of different groups, which operate fairly independently, but their poverty is a common denominator. Growth is of great importance, but the Naxalites are resisting such efforts, especially of bringing in foreign investors, because of inadequate compensation packages from both the government and corporate entities. Mainly CRPF personnel are deployed in these areas to cope up the situation. The Naxalites are not relying on violence alone, but are also making headway in social and political domains. Naxalites have formed sympathetic student groups and human-rights groups to help their cause and have even influenced people like Arundhiti Roy and others for advocating their case.

In Para-Military there are excellent officers, highly competent and well versed in conducting CI and CT operations. Conduct joint operations by the state armed police and the Para-Military force personnel. Para-Military have integrated and dedicated staff for operations, intelligence, logistics, legal, human rights, media interaction and the hearts and minds campaign.

CPOs play an important role in maintenance of law and order as well as guarding of international borders during peace time. In fact, almost 70% of the CPOs are engaged in guarding the borders with neighbors like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Bhutan and Myanmar.

The CPOs not only aid the state police in maintaining public order and dealing with problems like terrorism, Naxalism and insurgency, but also undertake static security duties during assembly and parliamentary polls.

In fact, the then Union home secretary had submitted before the department-related parliamentary standing committee on home affairs in 2006 that it was the MHA's firm view that all the Para-military forces must have the same pay and pension benefits as the Armed Forces because a large percentage were guarding borders in treacherous conditions and were the first point of intervention. The committee, in its 119th report, subsequently recommended that CPOs should get pension as applicable to Army personnel.

"The committee is at a loss to understand as to why the ministry of finance is not acceding to the request of the MHA for continuing the same pay Pensionery benefits to CPOs as is applicable to the Army personnel. The duties performed by most of the CPOs' personnel are, more or less, similar to that of the Army. The Committee, therefore, endorses the proposal of the MHA for continuance of the Pensionery benefits to the personnel of CPOs as in case of the Army personnel," the standing committee had stated in its report. The care of CPMF and its destitute Ex-Servicemen widows and dependants is a National responsibility. Their welfare is more important because they render yeoman service to the Nation.

Being Armed Forces of Union and considering the arduous nature of duties and responsibilities of CPMFs Personnel which is  entirely different from that of Civilian Central Govt. Employees it is high time to frame separate Service and Pension Rules & Exemption from the purview of New Contributory Pension System(NCPS) as there is no justification in regulating the service of CPMFs under the CCs Rules which deprived them benefits/Concessions being enjoyed by serving Retired Military Personnel which is against the spirit of natural justice. Hence there problems needs to be considered with compassion and sympathy by the Govt. We need whole hearted support from well wishers of the Country. Also we need all support for our “Fight for Right”

 
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No.AICPFEWA/ CCO- 01/10                                                                                                 Dated: 01 March 2010



MEMORANDUM
SUBMITTED TO
HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA

BY

ALL INDIA CENTRAL PARAMILITARY FORCES
EX-SERVICEMEN WELFARE ASSOCIATION

REGN.No S/636/7
S/40, Sankar Nagar, Chinnakkada,
Kollam, KERALA-691001.
(Phone-0474-2764734, 09387906001 & 09495166820)





TO SEEK REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES OF SERVING/RETIRED PERSONNEL
OF CENTRAL PARAMILITARY FORCES OF THE COUNTRY

Venerable Sir,

With great reverence and most humbleness, we submit this Memorandum for your sympathetic contemplation and apt orders please.

2. We sincerely hope and pray to your august office might look into our grievances as enumerated here in the succeeding paragraphs, considering the humanitarian aspect in view and redress the genuine grievances on a priority basis.




With respectful regards.




For AICPMF Ex-servicemen Welfare Association.

Yours Faithfully,



(P.S. Nair)
General Secretary
09387906001.





REDRESSAL OF GENUINE GRIEVANCES IN RESPECT OF
CENTRAL PARA-MILITARY FORCES SERVING /RETIRED PERSONNEL


Introduction

All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association (Regn. No. S/636/7) is a revamped name of Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Association which was registered vide Regn. No.175/99 dated 17th Feb 1999. It is constituted with the sole aim of looking after the welfare of Ex-Servicemen, Widows and their Dependents and to protect the interest of Serving Personnel of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) of the Country under Union Home Ministry viz. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo Tibetan Border Police Fore (ITBPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Security Guard (NSG) and Assam Riffles. We area the lot dejected by the Central Govt. for the past several years. Since the inception of our Association, we adopted the path of peaceful agitations to achieve our goals, but no fruitful results could be achieved as yet due to the continued apathy of the Govt. towards our cause.


Role and Function of Central Paramilitary Forces


The Central Para-Military Forces under the administrative control of MHA are also declared as “Armed Forces ;of the Union of India” with the approval of Parliament. The Paramilitary Forces are assigned with the task of safe guarding almost the entire 9000 kms long International Borders of our Motherland, fighting the enemies , terrorists and extremists along the Line of Control besides countering insurgency and anti-national elements to maintain Internal Security and to protect the lives of innocent civilians and VVIPs. While the duties of Military and Paramilitary Forces are identical in nature, the risk factors faced by Paramilitary Forces are much higher . As per available statistics provided by the MHA itself, more than 8000 CPMF Personnel were killed and about 4000 severely injured/disabled during various operations in the last five years, which is not only much higher than that of Army during the corresponding period but also more than that of causalities suffered by the Indian Troops in any war fought by India since Independence.
All the CPMF are headed by Directors General. These Directors General are IPS Officers (on deputation from States for a short period) except of Assam Rifles which is headed by a serving Lieutenant General of the Indian Army. The operational responsibilities of Para- Military
Forces are similar in nature compared to those of Army. In certain occasions troops of CPMF are placed under the operational command of Army under the unified command system to combat the enemies in which soldiers of the CPMFs and Army fight shoulder to shoulder against the enemies. Though the troops of CPMF are deployed all over the Country yet maximum units of the CPMF are deployed in snow clad mountains, in-hospitable and inaccessible areas of the rugged terrains of J&K & NE Region of the Country, the deserts of Rajasthan and the Left Wing Extremists affected states under adverse climatic conditions and lack of amenities, for round the clock vigil on the International Border, surveillance of their respective areas of responsibility against infiltration /ex-filtration of antinational elements, apprehend/ kill hard core terrorists, nab peddlers/ drug traffickers and boot-ledgers, manning the vital installations in vulnerable areas, besides protect the lives of innocent civilians and VVIPs. These duties are always performed by soldiers of CPMF against all odds with great zeal , vigour, valour, extreme patriotism, impeccable integrity, unflinching loyalty and utter disregarded of their personal safety and comfort for which about 8000 jawans of CPMF had sacrificed their lives during last 5 years. But, the Govts. (Central/States) have not yet properly rehabilitated the Widows/ Dependents of those brave soldiers.


Since all the Central Paramilitary Forces are declared as ‘Armed Forces of the Union’
and its retired personnel are termed as ‘Ex-Armed Forces Personnel ‘ by the Govt. of India hence, CPMF Ex-Servicemen are also legally entitled for all the benefits /concessions presently enjoyed by Ex-Servicemen of the Armed Forces under the Ministry of Defence. But, the benefits and concessions extended to Armed Forces Personnel under the Defence Ministry are not being extended to the Armed Forces Personnel under the Home Ministry. The reason for this discrimination is stated to have been that services of Paramilitary Forces and Defence Forces are governed by different sets of Rules, hence benefits available to one section cannot be extended to the other as per the provisions . The Defence Forces have separate sets of Service and Pension, Rules. In a Democratic Country like ours, it is a paradox that while the Paramilitary Forces, doing identical nature of duties that of Army, are governed by CCs Rules, which deprived them of the benefits/concessions being enjoyed by serving/retired Military Personnel. This is in contravention of the provision of Article 14 of the Constitution of India and against the spirit of Natural Justice and Ethics of ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’. Hence, it is requested that necessary Gazetted Notification declaring all Armed Forces, notwithstanding under which Ministry it function, entitled for the benefits/concessions presently enjoyed by Armed Forces under Defence Ministry, may kindly be issued at the earliest.


Detailed Justification for Our Demands

The Para-Military Forces do the fighting, face the enemy with same vigour, valour and patriotism and suffer the consequences like the Defence Forces . In short the traumas, tragedies, agonies and bereavements are practically the same as in the cases of the Armed Forces under the Ministry of Defence. On the other hand, the facilities, advantages and encouragements extended to Defence Forces are denied to Serving/Retired Personnel, Widows and their Dependents of CPMF
without any valid reasons tenable under the rules of law. Thus unwittingly but arbitrarily the Paramilitary Fraternity are treated as Second Class and Inferior while facing the same risk, exposed to enemies on the same way that of Army and daring to execute the same defence task with great zeal, vigour and valour. This step motherly attitude of the Govt. needs to be ceased forthwith and remedial measures taken accordingly by including the Central Paramilitary Forces also in the ambit of recently announced ‘Pay Commission for Armed Forces’ and thus these anomalies could be eliminated.

The Chiefs of Army , Navy and Air Force with the whole hearted support of Hon’ble Defence Minister had taken up the issue of granting more pay and allowances than recommended by the 6th Pay Commission in the interest of their officers and men. But, the interest of Officers and Men of Armed Forces under MHA, viz CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBPF, SSB, NSG and Assam Rifles and their Ex-Servicemen were NOT given due consideration by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Chiefs of these Para-Military Forces, while submitting the recommendations initially to the Pay Commission and later on to the Govt. As a result, more than 10,000 Cadre Officers and about 8 lakhs soldiers of CPMF are deprived of their legitimate entitlement at par with the Army. Para-Military Forces (Armed Forces of Union of India) have also not been included in the ambit of recently announced “Pay Commission for Armed Forces” . The cases of CPMF Personnel and their Cadre Officers were not taken up properly because neither they have any Service Association, like other organizations or any other appropriate platform like Staff Council to project their cases. IPS Officers having their own Association which takes care of their service interest. A very small group of IPS Officers, commanding these Armed Forces (except Asssam Riffles ) are least interested to look after the welfare of the jawans and its Ex-servicemen. The Assam Rifles are commanded by about 1000 Army Officers without giving a chance

command to its Cadre Officers . The reason for such step motherly treatment meted out to Personnel of CPMF, we assume from our experience is that, these Forces are commanded either by IPS Officers or Army Officers who are least bothered about the welfare of CPMF Personnel. Moreover, the serving CPMF cadre officers have NO ROLE in the Decision Making/ Policy Formulation Process of these Forces.
Normally chiefs of CPMFs come on deputation to these Forces from States Cadre for a very short period and because of which they do not get adequate time to study the actual problems faced by these Forces. As a result adhocism prevails in these Forces, as far as policy formulation and its implementation are concerned. It is worth mentioning that such a large body of Troops need to be commanded by the officers of same organization having adequate experience of the Force which will ultimately bring continuity in the command system, policy formulation and its implementation and get rid of the unwarranted adhocism in these Forces.

OUR LEGITIMATE DEMANDS

1. Ex-Servicemen Status:- As per the definition of Ex-Servicemen, ‘all persons who served in any of the Armed Forces of the Union of India at lease for a period of five years and discharged by way other than dismissal are termed as ‘Ex-Servicemen’. All the Central Paramilitary Forces are declared as ‘Armed Forces of the Union of India’ by the Union Home Ministry vide Notification No. 241231/74/2004-PC dated 6 Aug, 2004 (Copy enclosed as APPX-A). This makes all retired personnel of CPMFs rightfully eligible to be termed as ‘Ex-Servicemen’ with all consequential benefits. But the Govt., simply denied it on flimsy technical reasons. However, it was admitted and stated by the MHA that Ex-Paramilitary Personnel can be termed as ‘Ex-Armed Forces Personnel’ with all consequential benefits vide their Letter No. 24121/74/2004-PC dated 10 June 2005 (Copy attached as APPX-B ) . But, nothing came out within this span of five years. We want either Ex-Servicemen Status with all consequential benefits or declared/notified as “ Ex-Armed Forces Personnel” to be treated at par with Ex-Servicemen with all facilities/ concessions being enjoyed by them.

2. Separate Pay Commission for Armed Forces:- One of our prime demands was ‘Separate Pay Commission for Armed Forces’. But, when a separate pay commission for Armed Forces, was announced by the Govt., the CPMFs were not included in the ambit of it. Since all the CPMFs are ‘Armed Forces of the Union of India’ hence, Paramilitary Forces should also be included in the ambit of the ‘Pay Commission for Armed Forces’. Necessary Notification/Govt. Order may kindly be issued in this respect at the earliest.

3. CSD Canteen Facilities:- For various reasons our long standing demand for CSD canteen facility was not considered. Instead, the MHA introduced Central Police Canteen System (CPC) vide Memo No. 27011/18/2006-R&W dated 18.09.2006. It is still in the embryonic stage, even after a period of more than three years of its introduction. Since the MHA could not obtain VAT exemption for the goods sold through these canteens from the States hence, the rates of goods purchased from these canteens remain the same as that of local market. As such the concept of Central Police Canteen System has not been beneficial for the Serving/Retired Personnel of CPMF. So we demand to extend CSD Canteen facilities to CPMFs through insitu CSD Canteens or by opening additional CSD Canteen outlets at convenient places.


4. Ardh Sainik Kalyan Board:- The Govt. had ordered to constitute a Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) vide MHA Officers Memo No. 27011/37/2007-R&W dated 17 May, 2007. The duties and responsibilities of Central, State and District Welfare Officers were entrusted to various Para Military Forces as per its deployment. The officers designated as CWOs,


SWOs and DWOs have to perform these duties in addition to their routine duties and responsibilities in their respective Forces. Keeping the prevailing security situation in the country in view, these officers hardly get any time to discharge these additional duties. So the present Welfare Board is nothing but a mockery of our demand. The lasting solution to this point is to establish ‘Ardh Sainik Kalyan Board’ with independent Central, State and District Welfare Officers similar to those of Kendriya / Rajya / Zilla Sainik Boards for which necessary infrastructure including staff an accommodation be provided. The expenses incurred may be shared by Central and State Govts. Retired CPMF officers commensurate with their rank and experience may be designated as Central/State/ District Welfare Officers.
5. (a) Create Organised Service for Group ‘A’ Officers of CPMF:- There are about 10000 Group ‘A’ Officers in CPMF Cadre. In the absence of ‘Organised Service in CPMFs, normal growth of the Cadre Officers is deprived vis-à-vis the officers of organized service of Equivalent Status which is against the instruction of Deptt. Of Personnel & Training. In Para-44.25 of the 6th Report of the National Police Commission, it was pointed out that IPS Cadre should be opened to officers of CPOs, who have put in 8 years also, but the recommendation was never implemented. Vide Para-22.32,the 5th CPC had recommended to revise cadre mechanisms to bring uniformity in the career progression of all Group-A Officers. But the 6th CPC has not recommended ‘Organised Service’ for CPMFs Cadre Officers on flimsy reasons. The Medical Service in CPMFs is a ‘Subsidiary Stream’ while “General Duty is the Main Stream”. During the year 2004, the Medical Officers in CPMFs were given an Organised Service to meet their career aspiration and many such Medical Officers, once junior than Group ‘A’ General Duty Officers have now reached up to the level of Additional DG. CPMF Group ‘A’ Officers might also get the same benefit if Organised Service is created for them. This will also open extra promotional avenues to them by way of deputation, as in vogue for IPS Officers.

5. (b) Inclusion of the Post of 2 IC of CPMF in the Pay Scale of PB-4:- The rank / status of Second-in-Command (2 IC) in CPMF is akin to that of Lt.Col. But, unfortunately, the post of 2 IC is still in the pay scale of PB-3 as recommended by the VIth CPC whereas the post of Lt.Col. has been included in the pay scale of PB-4 by the Govt. due to concerted pressure from the MoD. It is nothing but natural to c onsider the case of 2 IC of CPMF to be includedin the pay scale of PB-4 so as to enable them get their due status and monetary benefit there to since there is a huge disparity of Rs. 34,404/- in the total pay of Lt. Col. Vis à-vis the 2IC of CPMF. This disparity could be mitigated by including the post of 2IC also in the Pay Scale of PB-4.

6. 100% Posts of DIsG and 50% Posts of IsG and Above to be Filled by Promoting CadreOfficers.:-
As per the recommendations of 6th CPC as accepted by the Govt., 100% posts of DIsG and 50% posts of IsG and above are to be filled by promoting cadre officers which is not being implemented scrupulously in all CPMF. There is no cadre DIG in Assam Rifles though number of eligible cadre officers are available . In other CPOs also DIsG from IPS cadre are still being posted on deputation . There are also instances in CPMF where the tenure of deputation is not being followed strictly. Immediate step may kindly be taken to ensure a fair deal to CPMF Cadre Officers so as to enable them get their legitimate promotion in time.




7. Armed Forces Service Pay to CPMF Personnel:-
Paramilitary Forces are the first line of defence in any security operations or disaster management. But , CPMF Personnel have not been granted the service pay (MSP) as admissible to Military Personnel. It is humbly requested that Armed Forces Service Pay (AFSP) at rate Rs. 2,000/- for personnel below officers rank and Rs. 6000/- for officers, as granted to Military Personnel to be granted to CPMF Personnel also.

8. One Rank-One Pension:- This is also one of our main demands since very long. Recently a High Level Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary with Home Secretary , Defence Secretary and Secretary (Expenditure) as its members to study the concept of One Rank-One Pension for Ex-servicemen of Defence Forces. The Committee has already submitted its report, which is accepted by the Govt. The benefit of one rank – one pension may please be extended to pensioners of CPMF also.

9. Separate Service and nPension Rules for CPMFs:- Though Paramilitary Forces are declared as ‘Armed Forces of the Union ‘ yet the CPMFs are governed by CCS Rules. Since the nature of duties of CPMFs Personnel and other Central Govt. Employees are different as day and night, hence it is not desirable to treat them on a par. Under the provision of CCS Rules, the CPMF Personal are deprived of the kind of benefits and concessions being enjoyed by Defence Forces Personnel. Considering the arduous nature of duties of CPMFs Personnel, which are tougher than that of Army Personnel, a separate set of rules may be framed with regard to Terms & Conditions of Service, Pay & Allowances, Pension & Post Retirement Benefits/Concessions exclusively for the CPMFs similar to Defence Service Regulations.

10. Stoppage of Contubutory Pension Scheme:- The Govt had assured that a Group of Ministers (GOM) were examining the matter of exemption of CPMFs Personnel from the purview of newly defined Contributory Pension Scheme for Central Govt. Employees.But, the decision taken by the Govt. on the report of GOM has not yet been made known. We demand that immediate action be taken to exempt the CPMF Personnel, enrolled on or after 01 January 2004, from this scheme and they be given pension as is being given to Personnel enrolled prior to 01 January 2004. Though the Govt. vide OM No.38/41/06PRPW(A) dated 05 May 2009 have extended certain additional relieves on death/disability provisionally, yet the orders for exemption of CPMF from the ambit of NPS is to be issued.

11. Frame Appropriate Rules for Compassionate Appointment:- All Central and State Govt. Employees are privileged of Compassionate Appointments. While the widows and dependents of deceased State Govt. Employees are suitably placed in the Govt. Service immediately after the demise of the Govt. Servant, the State Govts. flatly refuse the request of compassionate appointments to Widows/Dependents of CPMFs Personnel killed in action/died in harness on the plea that the death of CPMF Personnel are not attributable to Military Service. There is a need to review the compassionate appointment procedure and a new Directive be issued to all States / Central Govt. departments to reserve 10% of vacancies for compassionate appointments to widows/dependents of Armed Forces Personnel killed in action /died in harness so as to enable the widows/dependents of CPMF Personnel get a job in their Home States.




12. Provision of Enhanced Disability Pension/Ex-Gratia:-
Every personnel is physically fit when he is enrolled. But, if he becomes disabled while discharging his duties before completing 10 years of service, by way of loss of limbs or serious injuries, he will be invalidated without any pension and compensation. This is clear case of Human Rights Violation. The Govt. is bound to compensate him and his family by providing pensionary benefits irrespective of the length of service. The present disability pension be enhanced suitably.

13 Restoration of Stopped Pension of BSF Personnel:- BSF authorities in consultation with the MHA permitted its men to resign with pensionary benefit by misinterpreting Rule 19 of BSF Rules 1969 right from 1979. Later in 2001 BSF authorities stopped all such pensions following an observation of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Few of them rejoined in service but majority of them including those who were drawing pension continuously for more than 20 years were unable to rejoin due to obvious reasons. These personnel are starving only due to the mistake of MHA and BSF authorities. An immediate solution of the case is to be found and orders for resumption of pension to affected personnel issued on a priority basis.

14. Minimum Pension After 10 Years of Service:
- For various reasons personnel are often retired prematurely. Appropriate rules may be framed for minimum pension to those who left/resigned after rendering qualifying service of 10 years in CPMFs.

15 . Stoppage of Unjustified Reduction in Family Pension:- As per existing rules, the family pension is reduced after a period of ten years. When the pension amount perse considered to be inadequate for a family for their sustenance , then further reduction in family pension after 10 years is arbitrary and against the spirit of Natural Justice. This issue may be addressed immediately , keeping the humanitarian aspect in view.

16. Stop Deputation of IPS/ Army Officers to CPMFs:- The promotional avenue of Gp ‘A’ officers in CPMF is being stagnated by deputation of IPS and army officers in CPMFs . This system has not only adversely affected the morale of the Cadre Officers of CPMFs but the functional efficiency also of these Forces. So the system of deputation of IPS and Army officers to CPMFs be stopped immediately. Similarly, the Assam Rifles cadre officers be given the command of AR units which are presently commanded by Army Officers.

17. Free Medical Treatment:- The CGHS facilities are available only in the State capitals /Major cities. Poor ex-CPMFs men residing at far flung areas/ distant places are unable to avail of the facility. Therefore, a system may be evolved for free treatment to ex-servicemen/families of CPMF similar to the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme(ECHS).

18. Free Educational Facilities and Reservation of Seats for Professional/ Vocational Courses:- Only 910 wards of CPMFs Personnel are benefited by the newly introduced Prime Minister’s Scholarship from 2006-2007. Children of CPMF Ex-Servicemen are studying without any kind of concessions. No seats are reserved for wards of Ex-CPMF Personnel for professional courses. This aspect needs to be looked into and appropriate action is required to be initiated to introduce new scholarship up to Higher Secondary level and reserve a certain number of seats for the wards of CPMFs ex-servicemen for professional courses, all over the Country.




19. Re-employment Facilities:- In order to maintain high physical standard and fitness maximum numbers of CPMF Personnel are compelled to retire voluntarily after completion of 20 years of service i.e. much before attaining the superannuation age. These personnel are left with no other option, but to seek re-employment in the civil sector. Hence, these retired personnel of CPMF be provided with re-employment facilities as being enjoyed by military ex-servicemen.

20. Reservarion of Vacancies in all Forces for Enrolment of Wards/Dependents of ServingRetired CPMFs Personnel:- Reservation of vacancies in all Forces for enrolment of wards/dependents of serving /retired CPMFs Personnel every year by allotting 10% of total vacancies, earmarked for enrolment as being done by Defence Forces.

21. Creation of New Post- Chief of CPMFs:
- A new post be created/ designed as ‘ Chief of CPMFs’ under whom all Central Paramilitary Forces are to be placed to enhance the operational and administrative efficiency, uniformity among all CPMFs, creating a sense of esprit-de-corps among the troops of the Forces and boost the morale of the Forces Personnel. The officer so appointed should have had served in any of the CPMFs for a minimum of five years span to enable him to have first hand knowledge/ information about the role and functioning of these forces. The tenure of the appointment shall be of a minimum of three years.

22. Removal of Anomalies in the Pay Scale of Group- ‘B’ Civilian Cadre in CRPF:- It is quiet unethical that an employee who was drawing grade pay of Rs. 4,800/- (as Subedar Major ) will get only Rs. 4,200/- as Grade Pay on his promotion (as Administrative Officer-Group-‘B” Gazetted Post). But this is what happening in CRPF since as per the policy in vogue the Subedar Major (Ministerial and Personnel Assistants ) on their promotion to forego their combatant rank and then only promoted as AO/PS. The only benefit they derive out of this promotion is that they can serve upto 60 years of age instead of 57 years stipulated for combatised personnel. But , once they become civilians, they are deprived of the benefits of uniform, ration and a loss of Rs.5, 600/- in their grade payto remove the anomaly either they be given the grade pay of Rs. 5400/- or they be promoted as Asstt.Comdt., so as to enable them to get all the service benefits.

23. Separate Ministry for Internal Ssecurity and CPMFs Affairs:-
The Union Home Ministry is assigned with numerous tasks including Internal Security of the Country. The officers and staff of the Ministry are so heavily committed that hardly find any time to monitor, evaluate and guide the operational as well as administrative functioning of widely deployed CPMFs properly. As a result, the welfare measures of its personnel and ex-servicemen are not being properly implemented in time . The need of the hour is to establish a Separate Ministry to be designed as ‘Ministry for Internal Security and CPMFs Affairs’ or so to deal with all matters pertaining to Internal Security and Paramilitary Forces of the Country.



24. Flag Day for Paramilitary Forces. Police Commemoration Day (21st Oct.) may be observed as Flag Day of Paramilitary Forces and the funds so raised utilized exclusively for welfare and rehabilitation of CPMF ex-servicemen, widows and dependants.

25. Constitute High Level Welfare Co-ordination Committee.
Constitute a high level Co-ordination Committee comprising senior officers of MHA, CPMF and Office Bearers of Ex-servicemen Welfare Association to study the problems faced b y CPMF serving/ex-servicemen,


widows and dependants. Meeting of such high level committee be convened on half yearly basis to discuss various welfare measures to be implemented to CPMF serving/ex-servicemen, review the progress of functioning the CPC and of WARB at various levels and to make recommendation accordingly to the Govt from time to time which will definitely help to improve the working efficiency of the serving personnel and at the same time boost the morale of serving/ex-servicemen of CPMF.
26. Provision of Accommodation for Central Committee Office of the Association. Our Association stands for the Welfare of Serving / Ex-Servicemen of CPMF of the entire Country and the only Association of its kind. As per the recommendation of the Vth Pay Commission, such Welfare Associations may be provided with office accommodation. It is, therefore, requested that suitable accommodation in and around Delhi may kindly be provided for the smooth and effective functioning of Central Committee Office of the Association.

Conclusion


Sir, the duties of CPMF Personnel are identical in nature with that of Army. The bullets come out of the Guns of enemies have no discrimination between Military or Paramilitary when it hit. But when the question of granting benefits comes, CPMF are treated as Civilian Employees
under CCS Rules. This step motherly treatment meted out to CPMF Officers and Men by the Govt. and their own Heads of Forces has resulted in wide spread resentment amidst Serving / Retired Personnel of Para Military Forces who are totally demoralized.
The Serving and Retired Personnel of ParaMilitary Forces feel like nomadic in front of their counter parts in the Military due to huge disparity in Pay & Allowances and Pension prevailing between these Forces. The Chiefs of Defence Forces did not accept the pay structure recommended by the 6th CPC and the Defence Minister also supported them. As a result the Govt. compelled to set up a separate Cabinet Sub Committee to study their cases and consequent upon the recommendations of ibid Committee, the Govt have enhanced their scales of Pay &Pension. Similarly a High Level Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary was reportedly set up to study the concept of “ONE RANK – ONE PENSION,” submitted its report to the Govt, which was accepted. All these happened because the Defence Forces are commanded by their own officers fully committed to look after the welfare of their Troops where as Paramilitary Forces are commanded by IPS Officers joined on deputation basis from States who are least interested in the welfare of Officers, Jawans and Ex-Servicemen of CPMF. The resentment amidst Serving/Ex-Servicemen of CPMF is nearing to dangerous proportion day by day which is not at all desirable keeping the overall security situation of the Country in view. The Country had once witnessed the first ever Armed Forces Strike in 1979 – the CRPF Strike. Now the Country is likely to face a similar situation in the very near future. But this time it would not be the CRPF alone but all the Paramilitary Forces as a whole, which will be disastrous to the Security of the Nation. It is high time for the Govt. to open its eyes and learn lessons from the recent mutiny in the

Armed Forces in one of our neighbouring Countries. Hence, we on behalf of all Serving/Retired Personnel of CPMF fervently request the Govt. under your esteemed stewardship to take appropriate action to accept our just and genuine demands by incorporating all Central Paramilitary Forces in the definition of “Armed Forces of the Union” like the Army, Navy and Air Force for which appropriate Rules & Regulations be made in the interest of the Country in general and of the Central Paramilitary Forces Personnel in particular.
Submitted with a humble prayer to look into the matter, keeping the humanitarian aspect in view, on a priority basis.
With profound regards,
For all India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex- Servicemen Welfare Association
Yours Faithfully,

( P.S. Nair )

Copy forwarded for favour of information and necessary action to:-

Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Finance Minister, Govt. of India.

Shri. A.K. Antony, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Govt. of India.

Shri. P Chidambaram, Hon’ble Home Minister, Govt.of India.

Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble Chairperson, UPA.

Smt. Sushama Swaraj, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha.

Shri. Arjun Jaitely, Hon’ble Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha.

Shri. Mullapally Ramachandren , Hon’ble MoS for Home, Govt. of India.

Shri. Ajay Maken, Hon’ble MoS for Homr, Govt.of India.

Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Chairman, Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Homr Affairs.

Shri. Rahul Gandhi, MP, AICC General Secretary.



11. All Directors General, CPMF.

 
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