More than a month after the Union Cabinet approved better pay for officers of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), the provision appears to have hit a bureaucratic hurdle. A tussle over recruitment rules between CAPF officers and their superiors from the IPS threatens to further delay delivery of the long-standing demand of the paramilitary forces.
Upset officers — belonging to CRPF, BSF, ITBP and SSB — have now sent multiple letters to Home Minister Amit Shah, alleging deliberate scuttling of the whole provision by their superiors.
These letters, written by officers from across the country, including Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh and trouble-torn Kashmir, call the behaviour of their superiors “snotty”, and their mindset “narrow and negative”.
The CAPF brass from the IPS call the move by the officers “unfortunate”, and an attempt to indulge in “trade unionism”.
Last month, Cabinet had approved the proposal to grant organised cadre status to CAPF officers, which would make them eligible for several benefits, including Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU). The move came after the Supreme Court, in an order, asked the government to extend the benefit – already available to IPS, IAS, IRS and IFS officers — to CAPF officers as well.
Non-availability of NFFU has been among the reasons for high…