Ex-servicemen status for retired central forces too

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today announced that the government has agreed to grant retired paramilitary and central police forces the status of "ex-central police personnel", on par with the defence forces' "ex-servicemen", thus enabling them to avail of various benefits.

Addressing Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at a function today, Shinde said: "I know the kind of difficulties you have to face... I moved a proposal in the cabinet meeting today and everyone approved it with compassion."

A few hours earlier, speaking at the Raising Day function of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Shinde had announced his intention to move the proposal.

Besides the CRPF and CISF, the beneficiaries will include personnel from the Border Security Force (BSF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). At present, there are over seven lakh serving personnel in the paramilitary and central police forces.

With the same status as "ex-servicemen", the retired personnel of these forces will be eligible for benefits like re-employment in government sector and cheaper and better medical facilities. Their children will also be eligible for the PM's scholarship scheme.

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