Shinde's announcement to benefit 60k CAPF veterans
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s announcement on Tuesday that retired Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel will be granted the same privileges given to ex-servicemen of the defence services will benefit nearly 60,000 CAPF veterans in Kerala.
It had been a long-standing grievance of the CAPF personnel that they are shown a step-motherly attitude by the government despite serving in some of the toughest, conflict-ridden areas of the country.
“CAPF personnel killed in conflicts are not even being treated as martyrs,’’ P S Nair, a former CRPF man and present general secretary of the AICPMF Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, said.
The CAPF is made up of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
On November 23, 2012, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued an order giving them the status of ‘ex-CAPF personnel’ and urging the state to provide them the benefits now given to personnel retiring from the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Unlike Army, Navy and IAF veterans, who benefit from a large number of post-retirement State Government schemes, CAPF veterans have to be content with just their pension. The association is also planning to stage sit-ins at CAPF HQs across the country on November 12 raising their demands, according to P S Nair, general secretary of the AICPMF Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association.