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DG CRPF’s plain-speak during his final press conf. Read this for an insider’s account of a top IPS officer

Following is the gist of some of the pointers from the final press conference of the outgoing Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Dilip Trivedi:

1. A lot of consultants are floating around and they manage to secure contracts also. People take our details and do their studies. After all of this, governments want us to give comments. What are we to say?

2. States need to ensure Maoists do not get their hands on explosives. It is the job of DM and SP. Violence levels will go down if we can do so.

3. In some ways state governments have a stake in ensuring this violence continues. They get a lot in terms of aid.

4. CRPF is operationally most troubled force in the country, working in the most challenging circumstances. Found this when I was taking over.

5. Systemic policies have gone towards encouraging/formenting trouble in JK and North East.

6. Govt is lacking a systemic approach towards choking supply of explosives that Maoists have access to. Such a system is not in place.

7. Problems that the country faces are not just of the police, other agencies need to get involved too

8. Have found people seeking transfers on the flimsiest of grounds in CRPF

9. COMMITTEE MADE BY MHA TO EXAMINE CRPF (He laughed)
Committees attract retired people, govt is not interested in serving people for some reason. After I retire nobody is going to be bothered about this issue. People are waiting to see my back.

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EXCL: HM Rajnath to revamp world’s largest paramilitary, CRPF; Opposition emerges from within, from the top office. My report.

Sh Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Home Minister takes salute at the 75th CRPF Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) Parade. Sh Dilip Trivedi, DG CRPF is also seen

A top-down effort at re-booting 3,35,000 strong Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) –  country’s internal security provider seems to have turned into a turf war.

“If a person turns 75, he is considered an old person. But the same cannot be said about you my friends in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), for yours is a veteran organisation,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh, speaking on the 75th anniversary of the CRPF at its Gurgaon-based academy on November 13. His remarks drew thunderous applause from the men and officers of world’s largest paramilitary force. Unknown to most present there, on November 5, Singh’s ministry had put into motion an unprecedented, time-bound plan to revamp the force by re-evaluating each and every aspect of the force’s functioning. That plan has run into rough weather with resistance coming from the highest levels within the force, including the Director General himself.

A note from the MHA, a copy of which is available with this correspondent, stated ‘to examine all issues relation to the functioning of CRPF with a view to enable the force to efficiently discharge its responsibilities as the lead Counter-insurgency Force of the Union with special emphasis on the LWE (Left Wing Extremism) theatre’. It constituted two, 4-member committees under former CRPF chiefs K Vijay Kumar and AS Gill and sets a time period of 60 days for submission of their reports. Work has already commenced.

Reacting to this, DG CRPF, Dilip Trivedi, said, “I frankly do not see the need for this. Administrative action at the level of the DG would have sufficed.” When asked whether the government’s move to examine all issues indicated it was unhappy with the force, he replied, “What the government feels about the force is best answered by the government.” Interestingly, the MHA note puts Trivedi’s name as the fourth member of both the committees. Asked if he attended the first meet under AS Gill held last week, he responded in the negative. Whether or not he will take part in future deliberations, he said, “I do not think so. It mentions my name as the DG CRPF. By this month end, I will have retired and then it won’t be required of me to attend.”

Trivedi’s resistance stems from the fact that under him, earlier this year, the CRPF had wanted to implement a new transfer policy and re-organise command and control. However, owing to resistance from within, matters went before the then Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and got stalled. Now, the MHA not only wants to re-evaluate the above-mentioned issues but look at a host of others too. And to do so, it has widened the debate by roping in many more, beyond those in the hierarchy. Sections within the CRPF indicated their unhappiness with the MHA. “We would have welcomed the MHA’s action had they done what was required of them. For years we have been asking them for a hardship allowance for our jawans fighting the Maoists but it has not materialized. Issues like adhoc deployment and lack of bullet proof vests, helmets etc are all courtesy the MHA,” said a senior officer.

Defending the move, a Home Ministry official said, “Home Minister wants to develop CRPF as an operationally fit force for fighting the Maoists and all will be done to ensure that goal is met.” K Vijay Kumar, former DG CRPF when contacted said, “This is a time-bound action decided at the highest level of the national security apparatus. All should join. Everyone’s views will be given the highest regard.”

BOX:

Committee One

·         K.Vijay Kumar, Senior Security Adviser (LWE), MHA-Chairman.

·         Members- Durga Prasad, Director, SPG,  Maj Genl(Retd) VK Dutta, Maj Genl(Retd) Dalbir Singh. NS Bhatti, OSD, Greyhounds, Dilip Trivedi, DG, CRPF.

·         Will examine: Training, SOPs, Intelligence, Operations Modernisation etc

Committee Two

·         AS Gill, Ex-DG,CRPF-Chairman,

·         Members.- PM Nair, Ex-DG,NDRF, 2. Valsa Kumar, Ex-ADG,CRPF, GJ Singh,Ex-IGP,CRPF, Gurcharan Singh,Ex-IGP,CRPF, Dilip Trivedi ,DG,CRPF.

·         Re-organisation of command and control, co-location of battalions and group centres, weaponry, equipment, incentives etc.

CRPF IN TURMOIL: Juniors in rage against top brass complain to Home Ministry. Veteran says time to introspect

Article appeared in the Sunday Mail Today of April 20, 2014
Article appeared in the Sunday Mail Today of April 20, 2014

There is anger brewing. And the recent loss of 25 men in a little over a month has little to do with it.  Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), India’s internal security backbone, a ready response to challenges posed by insurgencies, law and order situations or election duties, is in a bad shape.

In a rare and dramatic move aimed at opposing a controversial new policy, seen by many as a personal initiative of the Director General (DG) himself, a section of CRPF cadre officers have knocked the doors of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). So severe were the contents of the complaint that a surprised and taken aback MHA immediately stepped in, stalled the policy implementation and set up a committee to examine the same. Sources in the MHA indicated that the CRPF top brass had kept them in the dark over ‘such a far reaching proposal’. A copy of this 11-page letter addressed to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and titled ‘Damaging the basic structure of the CRPF’ was accessed by this correspondent.

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CLICK ABOVE LINK TO SEE A 5m LONG YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE REPORT

—————————————————————————————————————————————–Aimed at providing higher level of satisfaction to its Non Gazetted Force Personnel (NGOs) which comprise Inspectors and below, including constables as well as improve command and control, this policy was formulated last year. After discussions, on January 31, 2014, the process was initiated wherein NGOs were given an option to indicate and opt to work in the region of his/her preference. “It was opined that this will go a long way in reducing the stress being felt by the constabulary due to long absence from their family, adverse environment and hazardous duties,” said the policy document.

Four ‘Zones’ were created and the area divided and based on feedback received from the NGOs, mass transfers were to take place after the conclusion of General Elections 2014. It was claimed that the financial implication emerging out of this policy had been already analysed and that the policy was ‘financially neutral.’

Contradicting this policy, the unsigned letter which ends with a scribbled word above ‘A CRPF officer’, goes on to lambast the top brass for its ‘whimsical’ attitude in interfering with the organisational structure of the force. The document is divided into categories like ‘North East aspect’, ‘Administrative Matters’, ‘Tac Hqs’, ‘Attachments’, ‘Budget Matters’, ‘Operational Aspect’, ‘Training’, ‘Command and Control’, ‘Functional Matters’, ‘Specialised Units’, ‘National Character’, ‘Jawans’ Point of View’, ‘Other Matters’ and ‘Conclusion’.

Clearly, the MHA saw some merit in the letter and decided to step in, bringing the effort of the DG CRPF to a naught.

Said a source, “IPS officers come on deputation and as a result have limited exposure to the force. Instead of taking down the force and order a complete revamp, they should use their positions and improve our work conditions. It isn’t that all the problems have been solved.”

“The majority of the force, which comprises the NGOs were happy about it. The only ones complaining were some disgruntled CRPF cadre officers who, as a result of this policy, had to move out of their comfort zones and toil like the men have been doing for all these years,” said Dilip Trivedi, DG CRPF. When asked about the conflict within the force when his officers chose to bypass him and approach the MHA, he said, “It should not have happened. But we will clarify our stand to this committee and hope for the best. I am confident.”

Article appeared in the Sunday Mail Today of April 20, 2014
Article appeared in the Sunday Mail Today of April 20, 2014

Armoured vehicles get the short shrift

The biggest killer, in the Maoist-insurgency is the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As on date, the only mobile protection against the IED is the Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV).

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the CRPF has been authorised a total of 534 MPVs of which the force has 106, at present. This gap notwithstanding, the top brass has been unable to get its act together for years, on the road ahead.

A source pointed out, “In a meeting chaired by the DG CRPF last month, it was decided to surrender whatever limited MPVs were in hand. It came as a shock because it showed how disconnected the top brass is from the field commanders, who actually have written letters seeking more such vehicles.”

When asked, Trivedi admitted to this and added, “There were incidents, a while ago, in which the MPVs did not live up to what was expected of them. That caused a decline in interest. However, recently our ground formations have informed us that they need these vehicles. So we are re-framing the Qualitative Requirements (QRs) now,” he said.

It was in October 2009 that the MHA had first asked the then DG of CRPF if the force wanted to re-frame the MPV QRs.

Lessons from Vietnam War

According to a senior Home Ministry official, the CRPF which is literally fighting a ‘war’ against the Maoist insurgents needs to take some lessons from the Americans who were fighting a similarly unknown enemy in Vietnam.

The CRPF did away with the Annual Change Over (ACO) policy where entire battalions would move from location to location and replaced it with piecemeal transfer policy of personnel. Quoting from the much-acclaimed book ‘Crisis in Command’, the official said, “This book says, ‘Had the replacement system used in Vietnam been different, rotating unit replacements instead of individual replacements, cohesion might have been greater…we suspect that the common experience of units training together, shipment overseas, common battle experiences with known and familiar officers and NCO’s all might have functioned collectively to prevent, or at least, minimise the emergence of those factors which we have associated with disintegration,’ and its so relevant to CRPF’s situation.”

Continuing confusion hits the CRPF

From 1939 till 2011, the CRPF was following the Annual Change Over (ACO) policy where 1/3rd of all the battalions would physically move and relocate annually. This would ensure that those in hard areas get better postings and vice versa. This is a system which is still followed by the Indian Army as well as the Border Security Force (BSF). This was, however, discontinued from January 12 2010 after a ‘detailed review’.

Transfer policy, replacing the ACO, was issued on October 24, 2011. Under this policy, there was to take place annual transfer of up to 25 percent of the rank and file from battalions which had completed four years.

On January 31, 2014, CRPF issued a ‘Standing Order No. 01/2014’ in which it was mentioned, ‘transfer policy could not be implemented uniformly’. It was further stated that the transfer policy caused ‘dissatisfaction and was not implementable’, paving the way for the re-organisation policy which has now been challenged.

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/exclusive-worlds-largest-paramilitary-crpf-splits-over-new-transfer-policy/1/356641.html