Border Security Force Current Affairs - 2019

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All CAPF personnel will now retire at a uniform age of 60 years: Govt

As per a recent order issued by Union Home Ministry, all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel will now retire at a uniform age of 60 years instead of 57 years for certain rank of officials. All these forces come under ambit of Union Home Ministry and are deployed across India to render a variety of internal security duties including border guarding, counterterrorism, anti-Naxal operations, and maintenance of law and order.

Home Ministry Order

The order issued by Home Ministry has corrected anomaly where CAPF personnel between ranks of Constable to Commandant in 4 forces- Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) superannuated at age of 57, instead of 60. While officers from rank of Deputy Inspector General upto top-most rank of Director General in these 4 forces retired after attaining age of 60.

Present Scenario:

Those personnel who have retired at 57 years in between court order and Home Ministry directive will now have two options-

  1. either to join service after returning all pensionary benefits (or)
  2. straightaway get all pension benefits as due to them as on completion of 60 years of service.

While those CAPF personnel who had retired and approached court for clarification or were granted stay will be deemed as ‘not superannuated’ and will continue their service till 60 years of age.

Background

According to existing policy, all personnel in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Assam Rifles (AR) retire at age of 60. However, in CRPF, ITBP, SSB and BSF personnel from ranks of constable to commandant retire at age of 57, while those above them superannuate at age of 60.

Delhi HC Order: This development of uniform age pertains to a January order given by High Court of Delhi, where it had called current policy of different age of superannuation in these 4 forces (CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB) as ‘discriminatory and unconstitutional’ and said such difference creates two classes in uniformed forces. Recent order issued by Home Ministry direct all forces to comply with court order and amend provisions of rules.

NOTE

Five forces namely, CISF, CRPF, BSF, ITBP and SSB which come under Union Home Ministry were earlier considered paramilitary forces, but from March 2011 have been reclassified as Central Armed Police Forces to avoid confusion.

Also ‘Paramilitary forces’ in India has not been defined officially or in any acts, however they are currently used to refer-

  1. Assam Rifles (AR): It under administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs but operational control under Indian Army.
  2. Special Frontier Force (SFF)

IPS officer V. K. Johri appointed as New BSF Director General

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed IPS officer VK Johri as new Director General (DG) of, Border Security Force (BSF), country’s largest border guarding force.

About VK Johri

He is a 1984-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre.

Currently he is serving as Special Secretary in external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), under Cabinet Secretariat.

He will take over charge of BSF from incumbent Rajni Kanti Mishra, who retires on 31 August. However, as per the order issued by ACC he has been appointed as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Union home ministry with immediate effect and will attain superannuation in September 2020.

About Border Security Force (BSF)

It is one of 7 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) of India. It was raised in wake of 1965 War on 1 December 1965.

It is country’s largest border guarding force with a present strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel. Being a primary border defence organisation of India, it is tasked to secure two of India’s most important and sensitive fronts with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Two other border guarding forces in country are-

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for China

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) for Nepal and Bhutan)