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CRPF to start get-together to de-stress personnel

There have been over 100 cases of suicides in the largest para- military force from 2020 till September this year…reports Asian Lite News.

After the recent incidents of fratricide and suicide, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to start ‘Chaupal’ like get-together for its personnel to vent off their mental agony.

According to sources, on the lines of ‘Chaupal’, a popular meeting activity in the rural areas, get-together will be organised in all battalions. Senior officials will interact with the troopers to know their difficulties and other issues which can lead to mental stress.

The fratricide incident occurred on Monday morning in Chhattisgarh. The Force also said in a statement that apparently due to some stress leading to sudden psychological disturbance, Constable Reetesh Ranjan lost his control and in a fit of rage opened fire on his colleagues. He was apprehended with his AK 47 rifle. CRPF Director General Kuldeep Singh has also ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked to submit a report with remedial measures.

There have been over 100 cases of suicides in the largest para- military force from 2020 till September this year.

Sanction of leave to the jawans, family issues and sometimes tough postings are the major reasons for the mental stress among the forces personnel, sources in the CRPF admitted.

To resolve these issues, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked all Central Armed Police Forces to ensure that every personnel positively gets 100 days leave in a year but it is yet to be realised in practice, sources added.

The Union Home Ministry also asked the CAPFs to develop a software based transfer-posting system so that the troopers get a peace posting after a tenure of three years of ‘hard’ posting but it is also to be implemented in many forces, an official said.

This was not the first time that the CRPF has initiated such a programme to communicate with jawans to know the difficulties leading to mental stress, many other ways have already launched in the past too to de-stress them.

In January this year, the experts from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow undertook a study to find solutions to the occupational ‘stress and strain’ being faced by the CRPF personnel that leads to extreme instances like suicides and breakdown of family support system.

Regular Yoga classes, daily exercises, counselling and other remedial measures are there in the system but something more has to be done to weed out the mental stress and fatigue of the forces, a senior official in the CAPFs said.

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Tight security in Bengal ahead of polls

A total of 725 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will be deployed in poll-bound West Bengal, CRPF Director General Kuldiep Singh said on Thursday…reports Asian Lite News.

He said that the operational strength of each company is 72 troopers, and that 495 companies have already been deployed in the state which will go for Assembly polls in eight phases — March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29.

Addressing a press conference on the eve of the 82nd anniversary of the country’s largest paramilitary force, the CRPF chief said 230 more companies will soon arrive in the state and will be deputed at specific places in West Bengal. He said 350-370 of the total companies are from his force.

CRPF Jawans showing Body Buildig Skills stunt during 82nd Raising Day of CRPF at Kadarpur in Gurugram. (Pallav Paliwal)

Singh, a 1986-batch IPS officer of the West Bengal cadre, said that deployment in the different phases of elections is being worked out.

Women Daredevils of CRPF perform stunt during 82nd  Raising Day of CRPF at  Kadarpur in Gurugram. (Pallav Paliwal)

“It is pre-poll deployment, and the reason behind it is to boost security in the state so that anti-social elements and such activities could not occur,” he said.

Asked about the threat assessment, the DG said, “We supply support to the state authorities. Threat assessments are done by state authorities. They decide our deployment based on inputs.”

“State authorities work on intelligence basis. We do not interfere in those matters. We provide support to the state authorities so that peaceful and successful elections could be held under the directions of the Election Commission.”

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The DG said that the CRPF is committed for peaceful, free and fair elections wherever it is deployed by the Central government

“The CRPF only provide support to the state authorities in maintaining law and order, we do not gather intelligence inputs.”

Women Daredevils of CRPF perform stunt during 82nd  Raising Day of CRPF at  Kadarpur in Gurugram. (Pallav Paliwal)

Asked about the VIP security cover being provided to protectees in West Bengal, the DG said a total of 13 people enjoy the facility in the state.

Of the 13 protectees, five each enjoy ‘Z’ and ‘Y+’ category security, one ‘Y’ category and two ‘X’ category cover.

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