After BSF, CRPF, now Assam Rifles too wants to be on par with Army
Recalling the video shared by BSF personnel about the bad quality of food, Assam Rifles Ex-serviceman Welfare Association general secretary said he wants to use Social media to reach PM Modi for their demands.
The Assam Riles Ex-serviceman Welfare Association has taken to social media campaigning to be treated on par with Army personnel. This comes shortly after a BSF jawan complained about bad food along the border which was quickly followed by a CRPF personnel complaining about the para-military force regulations keeping the force a notch distinctly from the Army and its personnel.
Assam Rifles Ex-serviceman Welfare Association general secretary Subedar V Thulasi Nair from Thrissur, Kerala has put out a video on social media. In it, he speaks of the dual control issue of Assam Rifles, expressing his discontentment with Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) facility by Director General of Resettlement (DGR).
He said, "People enquire about One Rank One Pension (OROP) and army facility, but is to be noted that OROP and Army status are secondary issues.First issue is dual control, we are stuck between Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence. We are working even tougher than Army as (in the) Northeast there's always military operations going on."
"Dual control is a law trouble, Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 has given Assam Rifles, department of internal security, ministry of home affairs below police and BSF, CRPF etc. We have been tagged police, but government is taking work tougher than Army."
He further said that they had been to Delhi many times, even written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also seeks appointment for a meeting, but to no avail. They have also tried meeting Home Minister but "they are too busy."
Recalling the video shared by BSF personnel about bad quality of food, Subedar Nair said he wants to use social media to reach PM Modi for their demands. "We should get Ex-serviceman Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), which is available in all districts across India. It's our right. Director General of Resettlement (DGR) has cleared our Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) which is wrong as it is not widely available," he said.
He further said that new Army chief General Bipin Rawat is well acquainted with Assam Rifles, who has said that Assam Rifles right place is Army.
"We have met Defence Secretary, after which Defence Ministry has sent a letter to MHA and asked for comments on dual command," he said.
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