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Resignations Among Central Paramilitary Forces Increased 3-Fold Since 2015

DIVYIA ASTHANA | 2
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| March 7 , 2018 , 08:08 IST

Resigning from a job in private sector is a common occurrence, taking place even multiple times in a person's career, however, in government services, especially armed forces, resignations are assumed to be less frequent.

Depicting a disturbing trend, the latest ministry of home affairs figures tabled in Parliament have shown that the number of jawans and officers resigning from central paramilitary forces for better career opportunities has increased nearly 3-fold in the past 3 years.

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A total of 27,862 jawans/officers of central paramilitary forces such as CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and Assam Rifles have opted for voluntary retirement and resigned from service from 2015 to January 31, 2018.

While only 3,422 resignations took place in 2015, the number increased to 8,912 in 2016 with 14,587 resignations taking place in 2017.

The two largest paramilitary forces, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) have suffered the most from the resignations, with 10,620 resigning from the CRPF since 2015 and 11,198 personnel quitting from the BSF in the same period of time. Both the CRPF and BSF are crucial for the nation's security, as the BSF guards India's borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh and the CRPF fights extremists in left-wing affected states, Jammu and Kashmir and the north east.

Although the government has said that it is making efforts for the welfare of central armed police forces, the trend of resignations with personnel opting for private sector jobs and other security-related positions shows that the government's efforts are yet to make an impact.

According to a senior official, the trend of personnel leaving the central paramilitary forces could continue till 2024.