Home Ministry letter: Send proposals on grant of raised pay or face SC, CAPF chiefs told

The CAPF brass from the IPS called the move by the officers “unfortunate”, and an attempt to indulge in “trade unionism”. (Express Photo by Dasarath Deka)

The Home Ministry has written to chiefs of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to send proposals for grant of enhanced pay to officers of the paramilitary forces at the earliest or face contempt proceedings in Supreme Court.

Enhanced pay for officers of CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB in the form of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) was cleared by the Union Cabinet after the Supreme Court asked the government to extend the benefit — already available to IPS, IAS, IRS and IFS officers — to CAPF officers as well.

While the court has fixed a deadline for September-end for granting it, the process is stuck in red tape.

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Issue at stake: NFFU

Last month, Union Cabinet 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). Non-availability of NFFU has been among the reasons for high attrition rate in the forces. NFFU makes officers eligible for higher pay in case they are denied promotion despite reaching the required seniority for lack of vacancies. All other Group A services have this facility.

“Delay in furnishing requisite proposals may be construed as contemptuous with reference to the directions of the Honourable Court and for which, liability of…

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