Friday, November 2, 2012

NEW STATUS - Ex-servicemen status for retd paramilitary men

New Delhi: In the run up to Himachal Pradesh Assembly and an eye on 2014 parliamentary polls,the government has decided to extend ex-servicemen benefits to retired central paramilitary personnel. The move will please 17 lakh serving and retired personnel from the forces,who were treated like any other government employee. The Cabinet on Thursday passed a proposal moved by home ministry to declare retired personnel from Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) as ex-central police personnel and extend them several benefits that ex-servicemen from the armed forces get.

Like former servicemen, now the retired paramilitary forces personnel will get quota in jobs, higher education for their wards and attendant medical benefits. However, they wont be eligible for certain Central government benefits such as preferential allotment of petrol pumps and gas agency as Centre has put financial burden of the development entirely on states. They will also not share the quota of ex-servicemen from defence forces, but have separate reservations as decided by different states.
The move has come at a time when Himachal Pradesh,which sends a large number of its men to various forces, is facing elections.And with general elections only a year and a half away,the policy decision will bring cheer to over seven lakh retired paramilitary personnel across the country apart from nine lakh serving in various forces such as CRPF,BSF,SSB,ITBP and CISF. The government also hopes the move will help bring attrition in the forces down.Around 44,000 personnel have resigned from paramilitary forces since 2009 due to stressful conditions of work and lack of medical benefits.

Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde announced its passing by the Cabinet while attending a CRPF function on Thursday morning.

(Source- Deeptiman Tiwary TNN)

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