New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed to engage 2,000 ex-Army personnel in the ranks of inspector and below, in various units of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on a contractual basis. The move aims to ‘help and rehabilitate’ retired Army men, said an official.
These appointments will be done on an experimental basis, in the ratio of 75:25 — 75 per cent will be serving CISF personnel and 25 per cent former Army men on contract — for different posts at selected units.
“The intention behind this is to help ex-Army personnel and for their rehabilitation. This had been in the pipeline and took shape now. We hope that this initiative will help retired Army men,” said chief PRO, CISF, DIG Amil Pandey.
Initially, 2,000 personnel — which include 1,326 constables, 424 head constables, 137 assistant sub-inspector and 63 sub-inspectors — will be deployed across 13 units identified by the CISF. The appointments will be made according to corresponding ranks in the Army.
For instance, a sepoy will be a constable, a havaldar will be deployed as a head constable.
The spokesperson also said the ex-Army men to be recruited will be under 50 years of age.
“The applications are open for officials who have retired from Army and are under 50 years of age. Army has various provisions of superannuation even after completion of five years of service also,” Pandey said.
The industrial units where these personnel will first be deployed are — in Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Anpara, Obra, Unchahar and Kasimpur (Uttar Pradesh), Sidhi (Madhya Pradesh), Nazira (Assam), Angul (Odisha), Farakka and Kolkata (West Bengal), Neyveli (Tamil Nadu), Raichur (Karnataka) and Ukai (Gujarat).
All the applications, the spokesperson said, will have to be submitted by 15 March following which the recruitment process will begin. Initially, the recruitment will be done for a period of two years, but an assessment will be carried out first in six months and then after a year.
The deployment in these selected units in the above ratio will be reviewed by the MHA after six months and 12 months for considering further expansion of such deployment at other units.
The CISF will also come out with an advertisement inviting applications from eligible candidates.
“The selection of candidates will depend upon years of service, their age and capabilities. This is the first time these recruitments are being done,” a senior CISF officer said.
‘Unarmed units to assist CISF’
The former Army men, who will be inducted to assist the CISF personnel deployed at various industrial units, will be unarmed. Their duties will include unarmed patrolling, checking of vehicles at entry points, access control, keeping a watch from watch towers and the like.
“They will be a part of the unarmed component to assist the CISF personnel who are on duty. They will be inducted for various support duties,” Pandey said.
“From keeping a watch to patrolling, they will be trained for all this after the appointments are made,” he added.