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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Call to hike paramilitary pay

Demanding "equal pay for equal work" vis-a-vis defence personnel, a group of ex-paramilitary personnel has - on behalf of over 7.5 lakh jawans and officers in CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB and Assam Rifles - sent a memorandum to the Union home ministry, asking it to end the "discrimination" which, they say, is quite "demoralising" for the forces fighting terrorism and Naxalism across the country.

The group has also decided to take to the street highlighting the anomalies in the sixth pay commission recommendations which, it thinks, should be addressed immediately.

In the memorandum to Union home minister Shivraj Patil and home secretary Madhukar Gupta, the All India Ex-Paramilitary Personnel Association said that there should not be any disparity between army and CPMF personnel as the latter had an equally hard job in violence-hit and insurgency-prone areas in J&K and the north-eastern states.

Putting the case of paramilitary personnel forward, the association has mentioned how the paramilitary force personnel were deployed without a concept of 'peace posting' and 'hard posting' (that is followed in the army) and moved from one operation area to another without being given any break unlike their counterparts in the army.

Pitching for a 'Paramilitary Service Pay' akin to the 'Military Service Pay' recommended for defence personnel, it said that army personnel were adequately compensated for their services but paramilitary personnel had to contend with inferior pay, perks, pension and insurance cover despite doing the same kind of job.

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