New Delhi, Mar 28: Jawans and officers leaving paramilitary forces witnessed an over four-fold increase last year when compared to 2015, owing to various personal and domestic reasons, the government informed Parliament today. The maximum resignations or voluntary retirements have taken place in the ranks of constables and head constables in the forces tasked with maintaining internal security in the country.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said the “number of officers and jawans of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifles who left their job in 2017 is 14,587 as compared to 3,425 in the year 2015.” This is an over four-fold jump in the personnel leaving the forces last year when compared to 2015.

The maximum officials, at 6,415, who left their job last year were from the Border Security Force, followed by 5,123 in the Central Reserve Police Force. The minister did not provide the data for 2016. He was asked a specific question on the data for years 2015 and 2017.

CAPFs and Assam Rifles have reported that the personnel resigned due to various personal and domestic reasons, including children and family issues, health and illness of self or family, social family obligations and commitments, to enjoy static life and enhanced pensionary benefits on completion of 20 years of service, Rijiju said.

Improvement in working conditions of CAPFs and Assam Rifles is a continuous process, Rijiju said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.