CHANDIGARH: Rajya Sabha MP and Congress Working Committee member Deepender Singh Hooda has come out in support of paramilitary forces and said on Tuesday that there should be no delays in accepting the demands of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) officers. Praising their role in defending the nation, he said those defending the country deserve all our respect and support.
Deepender said officials of the BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF and SSB have been demanding Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFSSU) and Organized Group A Services (OGAS) service benefits for a long period of time. Deepender said though the Union Cabinet has already made an announcement in this regard, officials have not been given the benefit till now. He said the due process of law has also been followed as the Supreme Court has also ruled in favour of the officers, after a favourable ruling by the Delhi High Court. The Rajya Sabha MP said the
too had announced its
to implement it before the elections but the decision has not been implemented yet.
Deepender Singh Hooda urged the central government to fulfil its promise and orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. If the government is not able to give promotion to the officers, then they should be given salary according to their cadre. Hooda said officers have to spent many years on the same post due to the lack of promotion and demanded that CAPF officers should also get benefit similar to the OGAS is given in
The Rajya Sabha MP said the five Central Armed Police Forces have a combined strength of 11 lakh soldiers and officers and they our first line of defence on our borders and meeting internal security challenges. Whether dealing with extremism in Kashmir or Maoist insurgency, ensuring the security and sanctity of Indian borders or guaranteeing the credibility of the electoral process, the paramilitary forces carry out every responsibility entrusted upon them. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the government to boost the morale of these officers and an early favourable decision from the government on this issue would boost the morale of our CAPFs
Deepender said there are no grounds for a delay on this issue as the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court, has already decided on the matter on the basis of Article 14-16. Many distinguished people of the country, including former military officers, are continuously campaigning in support of them. Hooda said the entire country stands with the forces and government honour these sentiments and accord the benefits of NFSSU and OGAS to CAPF without any further delay.