16 of 28 selected as BSF officers decline to join

This comes in the backdrop of growing tension on the border with Pakistan and the controversy in the BSF following a video uploaded by one of its jawans.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2017 3:38 am
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At a time when paramilitary forces are facing a shortage of gazetted officers, almost 60 per cent of officers selected for posting in the Border Security Force (BSF) have refused to join this year. This comes in the backdrop of growing tension on the border with Pakistan and the controversy in the BSF following a video uploaded by one of its jawans.

Twenty eight candidates who qualified in the 2015 UPSC examination — held for posts vacant in paramilitary forces — were selected for the post of assistant commandant in the BSF in 2017. However, 16 of them refused to join despite the risk of being barred from appearing for paramilitary post exams ever again.

The figures fit the pattern of BSF’s poor intake over the last couple of years. In 2016 (UPSC exams of 2014), 17 of the 31 selected officers joined training. The same year, those who appeared for the 2013 UPSC exams also joined the force. But only 69 of the 110 selected officers joined and of these, 15 resigned during training.

BSF currently has a vacancy of 522 gazetted officers (Assistant Commandant and above) against a sanctioned strength of 5,309, according to the Home Ministry.

While almost all the candidates were civil services aspirants, a majority had given their first preference as CISF. Many of the candidates who refused to join this year told The Sunday Express that second-class treatment meted out to paramilitary forces as compared to the armed forces and reports of stagnation of career, particularly in the BSF, were among factors that influenced their decision.

Vivek Minz, one of the selected officers who didn’t join, said: “I didn’t get what I wanted. My first option was CISF but my rank was poor so got BSF. Had I qualified for CISF, I would have joined. I was prepared for it.” Minz is also appearing for the civil services exams and becoming an IAS officer is his “primary goal”. He said he appeared for the paramilitary exams as a fallback option.

“CISF would have given me metro or city posting and I would have continued to prepare for the civil services exams. This is the only force which has not veered away from its core mandate. All other forces, be it BSF, CRPF and ITBP, would have been problematic,” said Minz, who is from Jharkhand.

For most of the candidates, a post in the paramilitary forces meant the “safety” of a government job even as they kept trying to become IAS or IPS officers.

One candidate, who didn’t want to be identified, said: “In all these forces, all the top posts are held by IPS officers. As a BSF officer, I can never rise to the top. I have even heard that there is a serious stagnation of career in the BSF. Many officers don’t even reach the level of commandant by the time they retire and even the pay is not upgraded in a time-bound manner.”

Rajasthan resident Puneet Mehta, however, was just not prepared for a “tough job” that the BSF would have meant. “I did not join because I did not get CISF, my first choice. While BSF is a good force, I am not mentally prepared for a job on the border with no modern civic amenities. I am still hoping to get through civil services.”

For another officer, hailing from Punjab, however, lack of parity with the Army was an issue. “There is no problem with the job. After all, it’s a government job which you rarely get. But there is no parity with the Army. It also does not earn you as much respect in society as the Army. The job is so tough but there is no recognition. They are confused for Army people. They don’t even get martyr status when they die. Even when you are getting married, people prefer an Army groom to a BSF groom,” he said.

Most of these candidates had seen the videos the now-dismissed BSF constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav, had posted, in which he spoke about the allegedly poor-quality food served in the force camps.

As far as Tej Bahadur Yadav’s videos are concerned, I feel there should be a mechanism to vent out frustration and air their grievances. It should not be aired through social media. There should be a system in place to sort out issues,” said Minz.

For Jalandhar resident Prabhadeep Singh, however, the BSF was his only choice; yet, he didn’t join. “My first preference was BSF as I was not aware of the other forces. I am from Jalandhar and the BSF has an establishment there. My college was near the BSF camp and I saw it as a good job option. But I am preparing for the civil services and I wanted some more time before joining the BSF, but they didn’t grant me the extension. I thought if I join now, I would have to train for a year and then it would be difficult to pursue civil services.”

Deepak Borse from Maharashtra too said his aspirations of a career in the civil services had come in the way of his joining the BSF. “I am currently working at SBI. I am preparing for the civil services and appeared for the paramilitary exams as a fall-back option. I have no problems with BSF, but I want to attempt the civil services once more.”

When asked about people not joining the force, the BSF spokesperson refused to comment. A senior BSF officer, however, said, “BSF, CRPF and ITBP have some of the toughest postings. Among them, the BSF and CRPF are in war zones. That is why they are not the first preference for most candidates. Many also see the forces as just another government job, since they do not command the same respect as the Army. But for us, if a candidate is not mentally prepared for the BSF job, it’s better that he does not join us.”

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    sunshine
    May 9, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    : www.amnestyindia /our-army-is-upset-with-modi-none-are-interested-to-join-b-s-f/
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      Naceem Rafique
      May 8, 2017 at 3:51 am
      HAHAHAH Darpok, they know they will be treated like roaches from other side of the border . They will be killed with hunger from Indian side and with bullets from the other side of the border. lmao
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        Anurag Gupta
        May 8, 2017 at 1:48 am
        While you know that in Indian army you get 3 promotions in just 13 yrs. Of service . Form Leutinant till Lt. Colonel. For a CAPF candidate who is going to put his life in line of fire this 35 yr. Time frame is like an epoch. Plus the kind of facilities that military personnel get is like a dream(which won't come true) for a CAPF officer. And this I am talking about officers not jawans ... Conditions of just food jawans in capf has been told very well by Tej Bahadur Yadav in his video, living conditions for them are even worse. If you have to question someone then question your govt. And not raise doubt on integrity of these aspirants who just don't write exam and clear it they also appear for a rigorous physical test to qualify for these exams. Even the reporter has raised right issues in this article ... Rather than keeping your eyes shut and displaying your patriotism on internet it's time for people to go and witness the plight of people working in these CAPF forces...
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          Anurag Gupta
          May 8, 2017 at 1:32 am
          Fact is most people in India don't know difference between CAPFs(BSF CRPF ITBP & SSB) and Armed forces(Army, Air force, Navy)... It's because of govt's lack of intent that CAPFs are suffering to this extent today... Do you know if a CAPF personnel loses his leg or hand in mine blast or bullet fire how much disability allowance he is en led to..? It is the same amount that a clerk will get if he suffers from back pain if he falls from chair... So first get your nationalism prioritised before blaming candidates bcoz your govt. Thinks Manning border is same 9-5 job like a section officer sitting in air conditioned office in south block. Plus it takes atleast 8-10 yrs for a BSF officer to get his first promotion..!! Imagine working on same profile for same ry for 10 yrs. Last but not the least, top posts in BSF I.e. DG, ADG, IG and most DIGs are held by IPS officers and not regular officers of BSF, so in 35 yrs. Of his service a BSF officer will only get 3-4 promotions at max.
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            rwpla
            May 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm
            LOL of course, they stan soldiers stand on the other side.
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              Vinayak Upadhyaya
              May 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm
              I think central government should change examination and recruitment policy for paramilitary forces and like armed forces there should be recruitment after 12th like NDA .
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                mumbai
                May 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm
                Dont worry balyogi chaitanya will give more volunteers as officers. send them
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                  SC
                  May 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                  In BSF or CRPF officers do not appear for IAS examination. The heading of the news is misleading. Those who have refused to join wish to appear for civil services. Good luck to them.
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                    Damodar Biswal
                    May 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                    BSF officers should be well treated in matters of pay ,position n perks.
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                      Munjal
                      May 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                      The pay structure and retirement benefits for Army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP and other related defence and security forces shall be at least two times more than any level IAS, IPS, IFS Officer. No civilian (including IPS) shall ever be at the top of any of these outfits. ries and benefits of MPs and MLAs shall be halved and shall be taxable. In fact remuneration and benefits of political appointees be a fraction of these forces (and linked with them so that they rise only in relation to a rise with Forces' remuneration).
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                        ASHOK KUMAR
                        May 7, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                        Nobody is ready and wil to join armed forces or para military organisations except for poverty reasons. Every junior sepoy feels exploited by his seniors ,when they find that politicians are only good at giving sermons in five star hotels and conference halls ,but when it comes to desh bhakti, no one from their families come up and join forces.
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                          Nagar
                          May 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm
                          It's time the army and ISRO start on manufacture of humanoid robots to act as soldiers 24/7 on the border.
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                            May Flower
                            May 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                            Then why did they apply, take part in tests, and spend money on travel, etc? No worry, this country produces enough heros. Progenies of the one who ran away many centuries ago only produces human bombs.
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                              Curry Boy
                              May 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
                              You Sir are a jingoistic dolt.
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                              John Abram
                              May 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                              I don't see any comments from Modi Toadies, Vijay Vargiya types, cal on to send those who refuse to join BSF for stan. Desh Drohi and all that.
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                                Rakesh Pandit
                                May 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm
                                Johny, we were looking at news about a anese catholic nun who is csught yesterday for child abuse. Also, in Wayanad, Kerala, your christi priest misused a child girl and made her pregnant and she gave birth to his child in February 17, 2017. This devil and six nuns, who helped him rape the minor girl, are all in jail. Busy as we were in witnessing your depraved christi religeon, we could not comment. But now, you have it..,
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                                John Abram
                                May 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm
                                No need UPSC exams and all that for BSF or other security forces positions. Just let Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Yogi Sena, Cow Rakshaks, etc, etc...they will be more than happy to defend the mother land. Please call them and empty positions will be filled in no time.
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                                  Naren
                                  May 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm
                                  Why free job?? They want this to be said. And they would do it voluntarily, at least in speech.
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                                    Arun
                                    May 9, 2017 at 4:10 am
                                    Haha all indians are cowards. Get ready to be ruled by us stanis. Indians are slaves of stanis. That is your deserved status.
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                                    Ari C
                                    May 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                                    These are just symptom of the greater maliase -- cram cram cram -- then vomit in UPSC exams -- become a Babu for life, get fat dowry, get under the table money -- do no work!!! Entire Bureaucracy must be reformed and modernised like the developed countries. They must be independent "agencies" like companies -- they must hire and fire bureaucrats based on performance as in the private sector and make entry open to specialists and performers from any industry or sector!!
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                                      Khalid
                                      May 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                                      WHY should they die for brahmins?????? Its time ordinary indians awake up. This land belongs to so called dalits and other low cl people. Brahims had always made low cl hindus die for their ill cause. The rejection shows vast majority who said no to join shows they have rejected brahmins enlarge.
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                                        Chittu
                                        May 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm
                                        Whoever you are, I think from your birth till date you have only filtered people on the basis of their religion. This country shows diversity of many religions. People on the borders are not protecting just the Brahmins but everyone living in this country which includes morons like you as well. Go & ask you mother, when you were born what were your first words came out of your mouth when you started talking.... Allah, Hey Ram or Maa.... I'm a low cl borne Hindu but not a disgusted thinker like you.
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                                          Munjal
                                          May 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                                          @Khalid is a stani troll. They use this caste card to divide and brainwash the masses.. Everything Wahhabi Islam has is cut and paste of Judaism with additional violence and intolerance of Arabs. They have no tolerance of fellow Muslims who are more enlightened and tolerant of diversity, like Sufis, Shia, Ismailis, Ahmadiyya (who are cons utionally NOT Muslims in stan) Caste system is a social evil (Even Muslims in stan follow this and discriminate against working class) and shall be abolished once and for all, by improving sanitary system and strict punishment for discrimination based on one's birth. As for national security topic, stan is a rogue state and it shall be handled by covet operations from Iran, Afghanistan, Sindh, Baloch and Kashmir side once and for all. Wahhabi Islam murdabad.
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                                            mumbai
                                            May 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm
                                            hindus have elected modi for only saving hinduism, Hinduism is very well saved. The originality of hinduism is maintained now only. All those gods could not save hinduizm. Modi only saved hinduism.
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                                            romi
                                            May 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm
                                            typical pak crazy comment brainless person what has brahmin got to do with this issue beyond religion caste you people don't think
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                                              Curry Boy
                                              May 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                                              @Khalid I know indian express will be censor my comment. But yaar tu hutiya hai bahut bada. Jaake kahin aur hag bc.
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                                              Maa Badulat
                                              May 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                                              No need to worry we have RSS, Bajranj Dal, Shiv Sainiks, Hindu Yuva Vahani, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Bhartiya Gau Raksha Dal, Vishva Hindu Parishad and many more send them to save our holy land as BSF.
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                                                Viyan
                                                May 7, 2017 at 1:40 pm
                                                It was bound to happen. What do we expect our forces to do when we have trained them to fight the most advanced armies in the world, and then we send them to streets of kashmir to fight kids holding stones, and sometimes they are made to fight teen girls. What do we expect to happen to the moral of forces. It is like forcing MBBS/MD doctors to do pest-control spray at residential home (because pests can spread disease and doctors duty is to control disease). Do we expect any new students to join MBBS if we demoralize the job this way? Great nationalist party has ensured that it works exactly as per the wishes of paekistan - alienate the kashmiri people from the country, damage the image of country and our army (by all the non-sense way of dea with people), and demoralize the work of our armed forces. If this is not what paekistan wants, what else do they?
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                                                  lafanga
                                                  May 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm
                                                  They are smart. They know all these daily dramas on LoC are created by their own govt for all kinds of propa a against stan so they refuse to be pawns in this game. Soon Indian army will start deserting their posts just like that jawan in the now famous food video.
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                                                    Munjal
                                                    May 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
                                                    Hey Lafanga Porkistani (Jinnah was a pork eater) go to your wahhabi brainwashed country and comment in your Dawn site.
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                                                      Naceem Rafique
                                                      May 8, 2017 at 3:53 am
                                                      Jinnah never at hi
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                                                        Naceem Rafique
                                                        May 8, 2017 at 3:53 am
                                                        Jinnah Never ate hi
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                                                          Shah
                                                          May 8, 2017 at 10:08 pm
                                                          Jinah Was Much Better Than That Nehru
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                                                        L bhadrapati Devi
                                                        May 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm
                                                        Last year Govt. Of India want to absorb 5000 cadres of NSCN (IM) in BSF and other paramilitary by relaxing recruitment rule relating to height, age and educational qualification. Once strongest North East militant NSCN (IM) comes to national mainstream, they are potent force for in India.
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