Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Centre mulling insurance cover for paramilitary forces

Centre mulling insurance cover for paramilitary forces

New Delhi, Oct 17: The government is considering providing insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh to nearly seven lakh paramilitary personnel, with the premium for troops engaged in areas affected by militancy or Naxalite violence to be borne out of the Centre's allocations for security related expenses.

CRPF Director General J K Sinha today briefed home ministry officials on a scheme started by paramilitary forces whereby Rs 54 per lakh was deducted from the salary of the personnel, official sources said.

The briefing by Sinha came a day after Home Minister Shivraj Patil announced at a NSG function that the government was contemplating a move to provide insurance cover to Central paramilitary forces.

The sources said Sinha gave a figure of nearly Rs 35 crore as the estimated premium for insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh for paramilitary forces in case of death and Rs five lakh for any disability.

The move comes after the Chattisgarh government extended insurance to its police personnel engaged in anti-Naxal operations from Central funds.

According to the presentation, the premium for personnel deployed in the northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-hit states could be taken out the funds provided by the Centre for security related expenses.

Sinha also made a presentation on providing health insurance to paramilitary personnel and their family members, but this was in a conceptual stage, the sources said.




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