Watch: After BSF Jawan’s allegations, CRPF soldier urges PM Narendra Modi for pay parity with army
Barely three days after a BSF Jawan’s facebook video created furore over poor quality of food, a CRPF constable has posted another video describing the alleged discrimination faced by jawans of the paramilitary forces compared to those of the Indian Army.
The Constable Jeet Singh of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) posted a video seeking help from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanding a pay on par with Indian army.
“Government school teachers are paid more than us...and we get no occasions or advantages," Constable Jeet Singh says in the video, which he begins by announcing - "I want to send a message to the Prime Minister.”
Singh says there is a incomprehensible crevice between facilities for the army and CRPF. “The difference is such that you will be stunned...The army has pension, we don't have anything. 20 years later, when I leave the service, then what?”
“We have no ex-servicemen quota, no canteen service, no medical benefits...Duty sabse zyaada hamaari (our duty is most taxing),” added Singh.
“Those with the armed forces avail of medical and canteen facilities, besides other welfare schemes, but nothing of the sort is provided to CRPF personnel. After retirement, we are not given ex-servicemen quota benefits that could help us bag good jobs,” Singh laments in the video.
Singh is seen complaining that though CRPF personnel are asked to attend to various tasks – from guarding religious events to VIP security and election duty – they are not provided facilities on a par with the army.
Singh who hails from Mathura is currently posted in Mount Abu.
Though later on, the Singh’s allegations were dismissed by CRPF.
“An Inspector General rank officer of the force has already got in touch with him," CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad said.
Singh's mother also supported his son’s appeal saying, “He has no rail reservations, so he travels 20 hours standing. When he gets back home, he becomes ill."
The jawan's brother added, "sharing your problems with the Indian government is not indiscipline."
Responding to the questions regarding the two videos, Minister of State For Home Kiren Rijiju said: "We have already started the process of evaluating the situation, everything is being checked, based on the report there are some suggestions, we are implementing those."
Rijiju added that "all facilities need an update, so we are doing that."