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Enhancing retirement age: CRPF seeks addl battalions, new peacetime duties

New Delhi: The CRPF has asked the government to allow it to raise at least 16 new battalions and provide it with more static duties in case it raises the retirement age of its combat personnel from the present 57 to 60 years, officials said Tuesday.

The about 3-lakh personnel paramilitary force, during a recent meeting called by the Union home ministry on the subject, informed that it will have an addition of a total 16,844 older personnel in its ranks (between 2020-2022) if a recent Delhi High Court directive to enhance the superannuation age of personnel up to the Commandant rank is implemented.

The force has told the government, that it should be allowed to raise at least 16 new battalions to enable it to have young manpower to meet its operational requirements and to compensate the gain of over 16,000 older personnel.

A CRPF battalion has over 1,000 personnel.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the designated lead internal security force of the country and is the mainstay for anti-Naxal operations in 10 Left Wing Extremism affected states and anti-terrorism offensives in the Kashmir valley.

The force has been the lone dissenter of the retirement age proposal even as other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) under the home ministry have agreed. The other CAPFs include the Border Security Force (BSF), the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Assam Rifles. The Delhi High Court has recently directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to implement its order and increase the retirement age of personnel up to the rank of Commandant, in these forces from 57 to 60 years, like that in the CISF and the Assam Rifles.

Personnel above the Commandant rank retire at 60 years in all these forces.

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