BSF officers move Delhi HC against home ministry
More than 100 BSF officers have petitioned the Delhi high court against those who frame policies for them — the Union home ministry and the IPS officers who constitute the top brass of the border guarding force.delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2012 23:44 IST
More than 100 BSF officers have petitioned the Delhi high court against those who frame policies for them — the Union home ministry and the IPS officers who constitute the top brass of the border guarding force.
They are unhappy with "acute stagnation" and deprivation of "financial benefits".
A bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Manmohan Singh on August 14 had issued two separate notices to the home ministry and the BSF headquarters for a response on the petition of these officers who are in the ranks of DIGs, Commandants, Deputy Commandants and Second-in-command.
This is a rare instance of officers of an armed force rendering internal security duties approaching the court for relief as they claim that non-implementation of policy measures is affecting their "morale and efficiency".
The BSF officials, who guard the crucial Indian frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh, are aggrieved that they are not being extended the "non-functional financial upgrade", despite a 2009 Department of Personnel and Training order in this regard. The said upgrade, the BSF officials contend, will ensure pay parity and timely promotions.
"A total of 66 BSF officers are signatory to the first petition that has been filed in the HC. Many more officers have sent similar signed representations. The officers have taken this step as issues related to their equitable pay and on-time promotions have hit their morale," counsel for the officers Rekha Palli said.
Sources in the force said the total number of signatories to the petition has gone above 100 as many officials have sent in their representations.