The government has given in-principal approval to provide ‘Battle Causality Certificate’ to family members of the those personnel of the central paramilitary forces like BSF, CRPF, CISF and ITBP who lay their lives in the line of duty.
The certificate will allow their families to avail special concessionary benefits for education of their children, loans on concessionary rate, getting jobs in state government and private sector and while applying for license for running public service utilities like a fuel pump.
“The proposal is being given final shape,” said a home ministry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
In other words, it will provide formal status of ‘battle causality’ to slain personnel of central paramilitaries.
The central paramilitary personnel have long been demanding a status of ‘martyr’, on the lines of armed forces, to their men and officers who lay their lives in the line of duty.
But since their provision for according the status of ‘martyr’ to slain paramilitary personnel, the battle causality certificate to a great extend fulfill their demand, said home ministry officials.
This will be applicable for the jawans and officers of forces like BSF, CRPF, ITBP, CISF, SSB and NDRF.
“The issue came up for discussion in the review of meeting of the BSF and the home ministry agreed to it in-principal,” said the official.
Besides the ministry will consider enhancing the risk and hardship allowance given to the about eight lakh men and women of paramilitary forces once a final proposal in this regard will be submitted by a committee of the chiefs of these forces.