No Cadre Review benefits to the Para-Medical Staff in CRPF
PARA MEDICAL STAFF
i. There are 2305 Para-medical staff constituting a number of categories as skilled and highly skilled personnel who provide indoor and outdoor medical support/cover to the Force Personnel. There have been anomalies in their wages, allowances and career progression witnessed throughout their career even after combatisation. Having all India service liability they still receive less pay and allowances compared to their counterparts in other CGHS Hospitals. No cadre review in respect of Para-Medical Cadre has ever been carried out so far in CRPF.
As a result, many of the Para-Medical staff such as ASI (Pharmacists), Physiotherapists etc never got promotion in their entire service in spite of the MOF Order No. 10 (1)-E-III/88 of GoI (MOF) GO No. 70/12-91 dated 13/9/91 and recommendation of the 4th Pay Commission, the reason being that Cadre Review of the Para-Medical Cadre was never carried out in the Force as mentioned earlier, though a Cadre Review-cum-Restructuring proposal in respect of Medical Cadre of CRPF (Medical Officers & Para- Medical Staff) was submitted to MHA vide CRPF UO No.O.IV-15/99-Org dated 08-09-2000. This proposal was initially meant for the career progression of all Group ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Hospital staff. It was later de-linked from Group ‘A’ Medical Officers Cadre Review. Cadre Review of the Medical Officers in CRPF has been done at the time of restructuring of Medical setups of CPMFs vide MHA letter No. 27012/33/2003-PF.III dated 02/09/2004. The Cadre Review-cum- Restructuring proposal in respect of Para- Medical Staff based on the recommendation at Para 52.90 of 5th Central Pay Commission. Cadre Review of 79 Para Medical Staff was submitted during the year 2000 along with Medical Officers. The MHA however, vide their UO No.27012/55/2005-PF.III dated 10/01/2011 intimated that cadre review proposal submitted by CRPF during 2000 had already been considered as a part of a consolidated proposal for the restructuring of the Medical set up of the CPMFs on 04/09/2004.
Practically, however, MHA never sanctioned any Cadre Review benefits to the Para-Medical Staff in CRPF. Resultantly, the Force is facing acute problem of promoting certain very important functionaries of Para-Medical Cadre like Pharmacists. Out of 637 Pharmacists, 58 are in rank of Sub. Inspector and 11 in the rank of Inspectors are lying vacant due to incompatible Recruitment Rules. Therefore, bulk of Pharmacists (568 still serve in the rank of Assistant Sub Inspector even after putting in more than 30 years of dedicated service. A number of Court cases have been filed in various Courts for the up-gradation of the rank of ASI/Pharm to the rank of SI/Pharm. This speaks of a real precarious situation of a Cadre which constitutes maximum strength of the overall Medical and Para-Medical cadre.