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Govt to `rationalise` requisition of CRPF

The govt has decided to "rationalise and restrict" the deployment of CRPF on frequent requests of states in order to maintain sanctity of the "reserve" component of the force by keeping troops under compulsory training and rest.



New Delhi: The government has decided to
"rationalise and restrict" the deployment of CRPF on frequent
requests of states in order to maintain the sanctity of the
"reserve" component of the force by keeping troops under
compulsory training and rest.

The decision will now make arbitrary requisitioning of
CRPF contingents by states and Union Territories tough.

All requests by various states asking for battalions
of the central paramilitary force are now being vetted on
strong reasoning, jointly by the Union Home Ministry and CRPF
headquarters, before detachments are sent.

There have been almost ten instances in the recent
past have when the required number of CRPF contingents were
rationalised and reduced by nearly 30 per cent before being
sent for duties, sources said.
About 180 companies of the Central Reserve Police
Force (about 18,000 personnel) have been placed under
compulsory rotational training now and they will not be
deployed for any internal security-related duty in the country
till they finish their regime.

"It has now been made clear by the Union Home Ministry
that the training companies of the force should be left
untouched till they complete their training period. Training
of the companies and rest for the personnel had become a
difficult task since the force was deployed very frequently
for law and order related duties," CRPF sources said.
The sanctity of training has to be respected, they
added.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram while officiating at
a CRPF function last year had said that the word "Reserve" is
no longer true for the force as it moves from one deployment
to the next assignment on a short-notice to render
"innumerable duties".

According to the CRPF charter, the force was raised as
an armed force with the basic role of "striking reserve" to
assist the states and Union Territories in police operations
to maintain law and order and contain insurgency. The force,
since almost about a decade, has been involved in anti-naxal
operations.

Unlike other paramilitary forces like BSF, ITBP and
SSB having a specific role, the CRPF was the only force left
to be called for tackling internal security and law and order
problems. Lack of training and rest were resulting into
tiredness and disorientation among the force personnel
and hence this rule has been made now, sources said.

The Home Minister, last year, had also said that one
company in each battalion has to be on training essentially
and to keep this as rule, rational and restricted deployment
of force has to be done, they said.

PTI

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