The Home Office (MHA) is expected to announce 100 days annual leave for each member of security personnel across all Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), sources in the government have said.
They said the MHA was considering all the contours of a policy that would grant 100 days off to each member of CAPF security personnel to spend at least 100 days with their families per year.
The policy was announced in October 2019 by Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the aim of reducing work-related stress and improving the level of happiness of around 10 lakh jawans who are deployed for tough jobs in some of the toughest areas and in remote locations.
Currently, CAPF personnel enjoy an average of nearly 75 days of leave each year, which can be increased or reduced depending on the operational requirements of the Force.
A senior ministry official said that to ensure a smooth and speedy implementation of the leave policy, several rounds of meetings have taken place at MHA and the latest was earlier this month.
He said the ministry has considered the suggestions of all CAPFs with their opinions and is expected to make a final decision on this policy soon. It could be announced by next month.
Officials said CAPF chief executives submitted their recommendations after gathering feedback from field formations.
The Central Reserve Police Force, one of the largest CAPFs, had suggested to the ministry that casual leave for personnel could be increased to 30 days from the current 15 days, the officials said, adding that the rest of the Forces also gave them opinions.
In December 2021, Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaking to the Border Security Force (BSF) jawans in Jaisalmer said that the jawans are deployed for the security of the country in sweltering heat. 50 degrees and negative temperatures during the cold seasons. “The central government is making efforts so that every soldier who gives his golden time to the country can spend about 100 days a year with his family. This is a great responsibility of the government, which will soon be fulfilled,” Shah had said. .
Once this policy is effectively implemented in BSF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Central Industrial Security Force and Sashastra Seema Bal, it will also be implemented in other CAPFs like Assam Rifles, the National Security Guard and the National Disaster Response Force.
Ministry officials said that once this policy is implemented, it will be reviewed periodically and could prove to be a “game changer” when it comes to the welfare of CAPF staff.
Senior security officials deployed in the field formations also admitted that after the implementation of the 100-day annual leave policy, the cases of suicides and fratricides will be significantly reduced. It will also reduce the number of cases of VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) in CAPFs, they added.
According to a rough estimate, more than 80,000 security personnel have taken RSV over the last decade and it is also the main reason for excessive duty hours of force personnel.
The officials said that the Center has recently taken many steps to raise the satisfaction level of the 10 lakh force personnel. In this regard, about 35 lakh “Ayushman” health cards have been issued to CAPF staff and their families and they can now enjoy “cashless treatment” in 24,000 hospitals constituted under Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY across the country.
Under these cards, there is no limit on expenses incurred for the treatment of CAPF staff and their family members. This program is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health and the National Health Authority.
The government is also trying to improve housing facilities for CAPF personnel and more and more married quarters are being provided to security personnel in field formations where they can keep their families, the officials said, adding that it would also reduce the need for leave. for the jawans.
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