The threat from the enemy is the same, then why different risk allowances to BSF and Army personnel? questions raised

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New DelhiWhen a soldier posted on the Line of Control (LAC) encounters an enemy or encounters terrorists in the Kashmir Valley, is the threat determined by the color of the uniform? Do different colored uniforms have different danger levels? This question is because after the Pulwama attack, a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs changed the category of risk and hardship among all CAPF (Central Armed Police Force) jawans and Indian Army personnel including BSF. For the Indian Army, the place which is in the low risk category in Risk and Hardship. The same is in the high risk category for CAPFs. This has had an impact on the risk. Why separate categories of risk and hardship? After the Pulwama attack on 14 February 2019, a notification was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 22 February 2019. In this, the category of Risk and Hardship was changed for CAPF jawans and officers. As Rajouri sector was earlier in R1H2 category, it was changed to R1H1 category, which is higher category in terms of hardship. Due to this, the allowance given to the CAPF personnel and officers posted there also increased category wise. Whereas for the Indian Army, he remained in the old category. The allowance in R1H2 is Rs 9700 for jawans and Rs 16900 for officers. The allowance in the R1H1 category is Rs 17300 for jawans and Rs 25000 for officers. A senior Indian Army officer said that look at Shopian, Kishtwar or Line of Control or such a place where CAPF personnel are also stationed at the same place and Indian Army personnel also. Our jawans ask that when both are facing equal danger, why do we get less risk and hardship allowance than them. File is stuck in Finance After the notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Indian Army also sent a proposal in this regard to the Ministry of Defense. The Ministry of Defense formed a Tri-Service (Army, Navy, Airforce) committee for this. When the new post of Chief of Defense Staff was created, this matter also came under the Department of Military Affairs of the Ministry. The Committee also submitted its report in February this year, which said that the same category of risk and hardship should be there for the Armed Forces like the CAPFs. But, the matter is stuck with the Finance Department. The CAPF has also been raising the issue of equality, the Indian Army has been raising the issue of Risk and Hardship Allowance for two years. But, the CAPF has also been raising the issue of parity with the army for a long time. A retired senior BSF officer said that the salary in BSF is much less as compared to the Indian Army in the same rank. If we look at the post of commandant, he commands the same unit as the lieutenant colonel of the army, but the commandant’s salary is at least 20% less than the army’s salary. Similarly, while ration allowance is tax free for the army, BSF or CAPF has to pay tax on it. After retiring from the Indian Army, pension is available. At the same time, people who joined CAPF after 2004 do not get pension after retirement.

[Attribution to NBT]

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