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Thursday , March 27 , 2014
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Insurance scare for security personnel

Sangita Devi, a resident of Naugachia, is worried for her constable husband.

Her husband Rambachan Roy, a constable of the Jamui district police, is posted in a Maoist-hit area. Sangita’s concern stems from the fact that the government has not yet renewed the insurance of the security personnel who have been assigned poll duties in Naxalite-hit areas.

Sangita said: “I spoke with my husband over phone and he told me not to worry. How is it possible for me to be at ease? Many security personnel, including my husband, would have to perform risky jobs but the government is not serious about important aspects like proper insurance coverage.”

Like Sangita, other relatives of the police and security personnel like CRPF, CoBRa, STF and others would be on poll duty in Naxalite-hit areas on April 10.

An STF personnel in Munger said: “There is tension among the forces in the eastern Bihar districts who would be on poll duty in Jamui on April 10. If something happens to us during the polls in the Naxalite areas, our family members would be deprived of any monetary benefit. Top priority should be given to complete the insurance renewal process by April 10.”

According to a source in the state police headquarters, apart from the general group insurance to the police, a special Group Jeevan Beema (special group life insurance policy) has been done for security personnel deployed on duty in Maoist areas. According to the norms, every year, the government renews such schemes. The previous special group insurance policy was done on April 8, 2013, and is scheduled to expire on April 7, 2014.

The source added that in the first and second phase of the polls — on April 10 and 17, voting is scheduled in rebel zones like Jamui, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Arwal, Jehanabad and Munger where 56,780 personnel, including district police force, BMP, homeguards, SAF, STF, CRPF, CoBRa and RPF jawans, would be deployed.

N.K. Dhiraj, the general secretary of the Bihar Police Men’s Association, has urged the government to complete formalities for the renewal of the insurance policy before April 7. “We apprehended that the polls on April 10 and April 17 would be very critical. We have a doubt as to whether the government would be able to complete the formalities of renewal of the insurance by April 17 or not,” he said.

An officer said: “The process has been started for renewal of policy before April 7. For personnel assigned poll duty, there is no reason to worry.”

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