Drawing a parallel with defense forces, Rajnath Singh-led home ministry, has recommended equivalent pay for a second in command (2IC) in central paramilitary to that of a lieutenant colonel in the army. At present, there is a difference of Rs 40,000 in their salaries “despite operational role of both ranks being similar in nature,” the home ministry informed the empowered committee of secretaries (E-COS) in its recent discussion.
In its presentation before the ECOS, the MHA also batted for a ‘special pay’ on par with the army. The defence forces get a special allowance in the form of military service pay (MSP) over and above their salaries.
While recommending a ‘CAPF service pay’, the home ministry said, “CAPF fulfills all attributes required for MSP, which includes separation from family.
They are the key pillars of internal and border guarding, handle warlike situation and continuously engaged in operations.”
According to an MHA official, the proposal for a ‘CAPF special pay’ was earlier mooted before the 7th pay commission last year. However, it was shelved at the last minute.
He also stated that the CAPF has raised nearly 40 demands, which were examined at the MHA, before recommending 11 of them to E-COS.
While terming it to be a “great morale booster” for the forces, the home ministry in its recommendation also sought additional leave travel concession (LTC) for CAPF personnel serving in high altitude on par with defense forces that will “facilitate personnel to visit at least twice to their families on government cost,” MHA said in its representation.
Home ministry also sought to address the problem of stagnation among the paramilitary by proposing that modified assured career progression scheme (MCAP). It shall be allowed four times at an interval of 8, 16, 24 and 32 instead of 3 times at an interval of 10, 20,30 years. “At present, it takes 20-22 years for them to get their first promotion and this has also led officers to quit. As many as 9,300 personnel quit ITBP, CISF, SSB BSF, CRPF, due to non-friendly working conditions,” said an official.
The government also advocated for a better leave structure for the personnel who are deployed for counter-insurgency operations across the country.