The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has proposed to the Seventh Pay Commission a special pay and better leave structure for the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) who are deployed for counter-insurgency operations across the country. This move if accepted, will benefit over nine lakh paramilitary personnel. On average a constable will get additional Rs 48,000 per year. The MHA has also proposed creation of the post of a “head constable” in every section (roughly comprising 11 personnel). This will yield better promotion opportunity.
“A standard company of any paramilitary generally consists of 100 personnel, which has nine sections. Presently there are only two head constables (HC) per section and if the MHA’s proposal is accepted, one more post of HC will be added,” said a senior official.
The MHA is concerned over the fact that large number of paramilitary forces officers who have quit in the last five years mainly due to stagnation and tough working conditions. Around 9,000 personnel quit BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF and SSB due to unfavourable working conditions.
“While in the Army an officer is entitled to 20 casual leaves and jawans are entitled for 30 casual leaves, in the CAPF all the personnel are entitled to 15 days casual leave. The MHA has proposed to increase this too,” the official said.
“It has been a longstanding demand of CAPF to provide them parity with the Army as the nature of their duties have changed over the years. They are deployed in areas affected by Maoists, which have tough living conditions and are also prone to high risk,” the official said.