New Delhi: There is a cold war going on in the paramilitary forces between cadre officers and officers of the Indian Police services (IPS). The war has become so ugly that officers are recording calls. There are claims of collecting funds in crores of rupees to fight the case and junior officers have started boycotting personal events organised by IPS officers as a gesture of anger against lobbyist IPS officers. 

On the other side, IPS officers serving in the forces are also blaming cadre officers that they are deliberately showing disrespect to their seniors in the forces and refusing or delaying jobs given to them

Allegation on IPS officers

IPS officers deputed in the paramilitary are facing charges of harassing cadre officers with regard to transfers and departmental inquires.  Also, a purported message of a female IPS officer's is being circulated, where she has appealed to IPS officers to join forces and has expressed her wish for a favourable posting if IPS officers join the paramilitary.

The Supreme court this year has dismissed a petition filed against a judgment of the Delhi high court and has asked the department of personnel and training (DoPT) to issue a letter turning the paramilitary forces into organised services, favouring cadre officers. There are seven forces like Central Reserve Police force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo Tibet Border Police (ITBP), Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal etc. which are primarily responsible for the security of the nation. 

Fight over control

The fight is over the control of power within paramilitary forces – who will run the force. NFU implementation can restrict the entry of IPS officers and limit them to the top level, while force cadre officers can reach up to senior level and can get a timely promotion. 

The paramilitary cadre officers are also angry after the government of India on the alleged pressure from IPS officers constituted a high-level committee to examine various aspects of the recommendation. Officers are claiming that the panel has seven members and all are from the civil services, one is an IPS officer, but the government has not included anyone from the cadre services of the paramilitary. 

"This clearly shows how IPS officers are lobbying to stop local cadre officers from getting their rights even after getting clearance from the Supreme court. The committee has no member from our side who can represent us. The committee which will give a comprehensive solution will not hear us," a cadre officer who wished to remain anonymous told MyNation.

On the other side, when MyNation contacted an ADG level IPS officer, he claimed "Cadre officers are also the government, how can they blame the government that they are under the influence of IPS officers. If some has said this, it attracts departmental action under service rules. They should speak in front of the committee constituted by the government not by IPS officers."