Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Life cover for CRPF men may go up

[ 18 Oct, 2006 0244hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]


NEW DELHI: Central Reserve Police Force may soon become the paramilitary force providing the highest life insurance cover to its personnel if a new scheme proposed by the home ministry is implemented. CRPF already has a scheme under which it provides a cover of Rs 10-12 lakh to each of its personnel.

Nearly 2.38 lakh personnel of the force, comprising jawans and officers, will benefit from the proposed MHA schemes. Incidentally, IPS officers who come to the paramilitary force on deputation will also benefit from the insurance scheme. "However, the cover for such officers who come on deputation will be valid only for the period they serve in CRPF," said a senior ministry official.

CRPF personnel are also likely to get a health insurance cover in future. Director-general J K Sinha, who made a presentation about the existing life insurance scheme in MHA on Tuesday, pitched for the health insurance scheme and wanted it launched soon.

Sources said the presentation made by Sinha would help the ministry in formulating a comprehensive insurance scheme for the remaining six other central paramilitary forces which have five lakh personnel.

The existing CRPF scheme will be used as a model for extending similar cover to these forces. Since CRPF has decided to continue its present scheme, the new scheme would turn the force into the highest life insurance cover providing central agency. In addition, CRPF men who serve in Chhattisgarh to carry out anti-Naxal operations get an additional cover of Rs 10 lakh.

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