NEW DELHI: Indian government seems perturbed by the number of officers and soldiers quitting Indian Armed Forces in search of better careers.
In an alarming trend, number of jawans and officers leaving Central Armed Forces for better career opportunities has increased almost five times since 2015, Times of India has reported.
According to the latest ministry of home affairs figures, tabled in the parliament, 14,587 personnel including gazetted officers of central paramilitary forces – CRPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB, CISF and Assam Rifles have resigned or taken voluntary retirement from service in 2017 as compared to only 3,422 in 2015.
The statistics reveal an increasing trend, particularly in the two largest forces – CRPF and BSF, crucial for border and internal security of the country. While 11,198 personnel have left BSF, which guards India’s borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh since 2015, 10,620 gave up their jobs in CRPF - responsible for law and order duty and fighting extremists in left wing affected states, Jammu and Kashmir and north east.
While government has been claiming to work for the welfare of central armed police forces <link>, the trend shows that maximum number of people have left the service in last two years. For example, number of Constables/head constables and other lower staff in CRPF who left the force in 2015 was only 1,156 but in 2017, 4,154 jawans decided to leave.
Similarly, while only 35 gazetted officers had left CRPF in 2015, 59 such officers left the force last year.