Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.
Media has published/telecast a video uploaded by a CRPF Constable. The individual has raised issues seeking parity with the Army. CRPF has taken cognizance of those issue and clarifies as follows :-
The constable has not complained about any organization, and has only voiced his aspiration.
1. Parity of Pay : This issue has been brought out by all CPMFs through recommendations to the 7th Pay commission. The Govt has also accepted some of the recommendations of the 7th CPC.
2. Parity of Pension : Since 2004, GOI has implemented new pension scheme(NPS) where in all Govt. employees contribute partially towards a pension fund.
3. Medical Facility : The Govt. & CRPF have a robust comprehensive medical treatment facility for their personnel and their family members. CRPF personnel are covered under Medical attendance Rules/CGHS, wherein applicable CRPF also has its own medical setup from Unit level. It has also signed MOUs with the best hospitals in various cities for Cashless treatment. Personnel after retirement are also entitled for CGHA(Central Government Health Scheme) in cities covered.
4. Central Police Canteen: Canteen facilities are extended to all serving and retired personnel. A number of States have also exempted VAT on items. Efforts are on with other states to get similar VAT exemptions. Case has also taken up with Concerned Authorities for exemption of GST.
5. Ex-Servicemen : The CRPF has entered into a MOU with Ministry of Skill Development for certification and conducting training in upgrading skills of personnel in various trades, to enable them to secure opportunities, post retirement. .
CRPF is highly sensitive to the welfare of its Jawans. Regular efforts are made for redressal of their grievances at several levels. In the event of any achievement/major incident in the field, the DG and senior officers promptly visit them to raise their morale. The Force has also started a practice of sending weekly e-letters to field formations for dissemination of information pertaining to their service and welfare measures by quickest means. Even on the occasion of Raising Day of the Force, senior officers preferred to celebrate the day with the men in the field, to boost their morale in difficult operational areas.