New Delhi/Gurgaon, Nov 1 (PTI): The government has decided to give ex-servicemen status to the over 400,000 retired personnel of paramilitary and Central police forces, which will give them access to canteens and welfare facilities.
Retired personnel from forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force, CISF, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibetal Border Police and SSB will now be classified as “ex-central police personnel”, just as the defence forces recognise their retired members as “ex-servicemen”.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal to grant ex-servicemen status to paramilitary personnel.
“These personnel will be called as ex-central police personnel on the same footing as ex-servicemen in the defence forces,” the Union home minister announced during an event of the CISF in Delhi.
Earlier, at a CRPF function in Gurgaon, Shinde, who has served as a police sub inspector, said ”paramilitary personnel, like defence forces, put their life at stake in the line of duty and there is no problem in granting them this honour.”
With the status of “ex-servicemen”, the retired personnel of these forces will be able to avail themselves of certain canteen and hospital facilities run by the government while they will be able to apply for jobs in the private sector who recognise ”ex-servicemen” as a trained and suitable talent for their organisations.
The Centre will also approach states to give benefits to the wards of these retired personnel in educational institutes and jobs.
There are more than 400,000 retired paramilitary personnel in the country at present. The total strength of these forces is about 800,000 men and women.