DMPQ- . “Paramilitary forces allege of step-motherly treatment meted by the government as compared to military.” Discuss.

Paramilitary forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal brave the odds to fight enemies of the nation and to protect our borders. The paramilitary forces come under the union home ministry, while the three armed forces are ruled by the defence ministry.

The union government has initiated steps to grant a handful of benefits at the central and state government level to both serving and retired personnel of the armed forces.

Ex-servicemen status, CSD canteen, welfare board, medical treatment facilities, education benefits, appointment of dependents, reappointment and several other retirement benefits are available to them.

These forces are treated like slaves when they are pressed into defense duties. They are led by IPS cadre officers who are on the last leg of their service. Most often, they have no idea about the nature of work, rules, disciplinary measures and welfare of the forces they lead.

The government is unable to form terms and conditions for the service and pay of around 11 lakh paramilitary personnel and pension benefits of around seven lakh retired personnel or dependents of the deceased ones.

The All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex Servicemen Welfare Association has submitted numerous memorandums to the government to further the welfare of the paramilitary personnel, retired personnel and their dependents. None of them were taken seriously.

Even after 18 years, there is no law to guarantee jobs to the dependents of the personnel, who die in the line of duty. Serving personnel cannot even retire with pension benefits. The paramilitary personnel may be forced to take to the streets in violation of rules if the government fails to take action to solve the serious issues faced by them.

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