Despite promises, govt. dawdles on allowances to Central forces
- For over a decade now, the Central police forces deployed in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) have been demanding a special allowance, considering the high-risk duties they perform.
- The demand, however, is yet to be fulfilled despite announcements.
- Government has convened meeting on various allowances for jawans, after 2 videos on conditions of para-military personnel went viral on social media.
- Since the National Democratic Alliance came to power, Mr. Singh has, on multiple occasions, announced that a “risk allowance” would be granted to Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel in LWE-affected areas in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, on a par with forces posted in Jammu and Kashmir or the insurgency-hit areas of the Northeast.
- A constable posted in J&K gets Rs. 3,750 as risk allowance and one posted in the Northeast gets Rs. 3,601.
- Since 2011, over 580 security personnel have been killed in the LWE-affected areas — most of them in explosions by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) allegedly planted by Naxals.
- The Seventh Pay Commission, in its report submitted in 2015, recommended a risk and hardship matrix for all CAPFs, across nine categories, based on low, medium and high risk involved in the job.
- Maximum amount recommended is Rs. 25,000 and the minimum Rs.1,000.
- The government has also proposed to increase the ex gratia relief to the kin of those killed in line of duty from Rs.9 lakh to Rs.20 lakh.