New Delhi, Aug 5 (): CRPF top brass now wants to stay in five-star hotels while jawans are fighting the Maoists with scarce resources and almost every other day there are reports of jawans and mid-level officers being killed in ambush.
The Delhi brass away from such threats is living it up in style. CRPF is even building a second new golf course in Greater Noida. While middle rank officers and jawans are struggling to get basic amenities, the IG (Administration) has given a proposal to DG that the CRPF should tie up with 5-star hotels across the country and get rooms at discounted rates.
As per the proposal, only those in Assistant Commandant rank and above are entitled to stay in 5-star hotels. DG then asked all State IGs to sign agreement with star hotels on the proposed lines. As per present rules of CRPF, an officer of AC rank can spend up to five thousand rupees for a hotel room, and any hike in spending allowance needs clearance from the Home and Finance ministries. As the sanctioned rates are not enough to get a room in a 5-star hotel, the proposal is to make hotels bring down the rates for CRPF top bosses.
The situation is in direct contrast to CRPF officers tackling Reds and terrorists in Kashmir or fighting insurgency in north-east. Here the officers heading the troops have to keep asking for more fuel as there is a ration quota for each battalion and many times it is exhausted.
As the DG is a golfer, a new golf course is coming up in Noida even when it has one in the Gurgaon. A new mess which rivals a star hotel restaurant came up in CRPF HQ while it has a mess functioning in R K Puram office. The criticism is that funds for welfare of troops are used to build facilities for use of high rank officers. In Delhi the new facilities are for 15 top officers only while 35 of the same rank are posted outside the capital.
In the last four years, 17,000 men quit the force and among paramilitary forces, CRPF alone accounted for 40 % of the suicides. Home ministry review of the operation against Maoists felt that officers at the top were not leading the attack and DG and other chiefs should take more interest in coordination with junior officers.