CRPF’s House guards want pay hike

CRPF commandos guarding Parliament House have sought extra-risk allowance to do their job.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi | Published:April 6, 2013 4:05 am

CRPF commandos guarding Parliament House have sought extra-risk allowance to do their job.

The allowance,25 percent of their salary,would bring them at par with personnel deployed against Maoists and in militancy hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast,the commandos claim.

“We have written to the Home Ministry that we need a security allowance for securing the building. It is a high risk job and is a favourite target of subversive groups. Earlier also it has been attacked. The men protecting the building need to be given extra benefits,” said a senior official.

The Parliament Duty Group,comprised of 1,540 personnel pulled from Raipur in Chattisgarh and Kootah in Jammu and Kashmir was notified by the Home Ministry last week. The creation of such a force was recommended by a joint parliamentary committee on parliament security after the complex was attacked in 2001.

PDG is made up of personnel between 20 and 35 years of age and they would serve a minimum of four years,officials. At any given time,550 personnel would be deployed in the complex.

“A multi-layered security is already in place and these measures have been taken to intensify security inside the complex,” said a senior official.

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