Over one lakh vacanancy in paramilitary forces

New Delhi: More than one lakh posts, including 25,000 in the BSF and 17,000 in the CRPF, are lying vacant in seven paramilitary forces in the country. Home Ministry officials said of the 1,00,883 vacant posts in the paramilitary forces, 74,816 posts are of constables, 22,016 posts are of Junior Commission Officers and 4,051 are of Group A officer.

The BSF, which guards Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders, has vacancy in 25,674 posts, CRPF, which is engaged in anti-naxal, anti-militancy and general law and order duties, has vacancy in 17,019 posts, Sashastra Seema Bal, which guards Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, has vacancy in 21,316 posts while in Central Industrial Security Force, deployed in protection of airports and industrial units, 17,320 posts are not filled.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police Force, primarily deployed in the icy heights along Sino-Indian border, has 17,388 vacant posts, while Assam Rifles, deployed in the Northeast, and National Security Guard, the special commando force, have 1,585 and 581 vacant posts respectively.

"We have been trying to fill up the vacancies as early as possible. But recruitment, training and finally deployment of a policeman is a time consuming exercise. We hope to fill up all the vacancies in the next two years," a Home Ministry official said.