Delay in funds starve CRPF jawans of ration money allowance

CRPF, jawans, ration money allowance
The enhanced Pinaka Missile may come in handy to take on China the allowance for their daily meals and is included in their monthly salaries (PTI File)

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has ordered to stop the ration money allowance (RMA) given to its troops for this month since the government delayed the sanctioning of ₹800 crore additional funds, news reports said on Sunday (September 29).

However, news agency PTI reported that the paramilitary force has denied reports that jawans have “run out” of ration money and said that the September allowance will be paid shortly.

CRPF jawans and its non-gazetted officers receive the allowance for their daily meals and is included in their monthly salaries. It said that the RMA was recently revised by the government, due to which, the issue occurred.

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“On account of the revision of the ration money allowance made by the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) on July 12, ₹22,194 per head ration money (in arrears) was paid to around 2 lakh CRPF personnel in July,” the force said in a statement. This amount, it said, is more than six times the monthly ration allowance of jawans and other non-gazetted rank officers.

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It further said that the process of the payment of the allowance (about ₹3,600) is in progress and will be paid shortly. Therefore, it clarified that it will be “incorrect, baseless and preposterous” to contend that the jawans have run out of money. “There is no crisis whatsoever,” it said.

According to a communication issued last month, the CRPF has sought sanction of reserve funds worth ₹800 crore from the Union Home Ministry to pay the revised RMA to its troops, the report further said. The CRPF has made at least three communications to the ministry in the past.

It said that the RMA will be provided to the troops once they receive the additional budget from the ministry.

(With inputs from agencies)

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