Union Cabinet has approved proposal for Grant of Organized Group ‘A’ Service (OGAS) to Group ‘A’ Executive Cadre Officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). It also approved extension of benefit of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) and Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) to officers of CAPFs. The move comes after Supreme Court order asked Central Government to extend the benefit —already available to IPS, IAS, IRS and IFS officers — to CAPF officers.
Importance of this decision
NFFU basically makes officer eligible for higher salary in case he is not promoted due to lack of vacancies despite being eligible for promotion. It will benefit thousands of serving CAPF officers and those have retired since 2006 from five primary paramilitary forces (CAPFs) — CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB. CAPF officers will now get better deputation chances as they will be eligible to get empanelled under central staffing scheme. They will also get enhanced facilities of transportation, house rent allowance, travelling and dearness allowance.
It was longstanding demand of paramilitary forces for getting grant organised cadre status to CAPF officers which will make them eligible for several benefits, including NFFU. Besides the pay hike, demand for NFFU also encapsulates long-standing tussle between CAPF cadre officers and IPS officers who come on deputation to forces. Most top positions in these CAPFs are occupied by IPS officers.
In February 2019, Supreme Court had upheld Delhi High Court judgment granting status of organised group ‘A’ services and NFFU to CAPF officers. The High Court judgment, delivered in September 2015 had held that benefits contemplated by VIth Central Pay Commission by way of NFFU to remove disparity between all India services and other organised group ‘A’ services must be granted to CAPF officers.
In both High Court and Supreme Court, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and IPS Association opposed demand of CAPF officers, even though non-availability of NFFU has been among the reasons for high attrition rate in these forces. MHA argued that this would lead to command chaos in forces and impact deputation of IPS officers. It also had maintained that this would happen because a second in command earning the same salary as the commandant would not listen to him.