Updated June 6th, 2024 at 12:37 IST

CRPF Makes History: Cooks And Water Carriers Get First-Ever Promotions In 85 Years

For the first time, CRPF promotes 2,600 cooks and water carriers, enhancing career prospects for essential administrative personnel.

Reported by: Garvit Parashar
CRPF Makes History: Cooks And Water Carriers Get First-Ever Promotions | Image:CRPF
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New Delhi: For the first time in the 85-year history of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), a total of 2,600 cooks and water carriers have been promoted. These personnel, who form the essential backbone of the CRPF's administrative functions, have been elevated from the rank of constable to head constable. This landmark decision affects 1,700 cooks and 900 water carriers, marking a significant change in the career progression within the force.

The CRPF, established in 1939, has a sanctioned strength of 12,250 personnel specifically for these cadres, which manage kitchens, canteens, and other administrative duties for the 3.25 lakh strong force. Despite being an integral part of the CRPF, these personnel historically retired in the same rank they were recruited in, typically after 30-35 years of service. It was only in 2016, following the implementation of the 7th pay commission recommendations, that they were given specific cadre names.

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The recent promotions were made possible by a proposal from the CRPF, which was subsequently approved by the Union home ministry. This move aims to address the long-standing lack of career advancement for these essential personnel, ensuring they receive the same promotional opportunities as other members of the force. The promoted personnel were recruited between 1983 and 2004, with further promotions planned for the remaining members.

The CRPF, designated as the lead internal security force of India, is deployed in key combat areas such as left-wing extremism, counter-terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, and anti-insurgency operations in the northeast. This recent promotion follows a similar initiative last year for personnel in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), another Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), including cooks, water carriers, barbers, washermen, and sweepers.

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(With PTI Inputs)

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Published June 6th, 2024 at 12:37 IST