AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi has taken a potshot at Home Minister Amit Shah for not releasing the funds earmarked towards the monthly ration money of CRPF jawans. Each CRPF personnel receives Rs 3,000 as part of their monthly ration allowance.
Taking to Twitter, Owaisi wrote, “For large businesses, @BJP4India gives a cash bonanza. For our brave @crpfindia personnel, @AmitShah can’t spare 3k/month allowance. There cannot be a greater insult. This rhetoric of nationalism may get you votes but you cannot have it for dinner.”
This rhetoric of nationalism may get you votes but you cannot have it for dinner. https://t.co/7MLtPIW3yk
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) September 29, 2019
This was after a report by The Telegraph said that the Home Ministry headed by Shah had not released the additional funds towards the ration money of CRPF soldiers despite the paramilitary force bosses writing to the MHA in July, August and September. An internal communication by the CRPF dated 13 September noted that it had taken up the matter with the ministry on 22 July, 28 August and 9 September ‘for allotment of additional fund amounting Rs 800 crore so that continuous ration money allowance could be drawn with regular pay but allotment of additional budget is still expected from MHA.’
CRPF jawans are responsible for fighting insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, north-east states and other states affected by Maoist movement.
Reacting to the news, the CRPF said that there was no truth in the news. It tweeted from its Twitter handle, “The document states that ration money(RM) arrear of Rs22194 has been paid to all in July which is more than 6 times their monthly RM. Process for payment of RM(approx Rs3600) for this month is in progress, hence the contention that jawans have run out of ration money is incorrect.”
The document states that ration money(RM) arrear of Rs22194 has been paid to all in July which is more than 6 times their monthly RM. Process for payment of RM(approx Rs3600) for this month is in progress, hence the contention that jawans have run out of ration money is incorrect https://t.co/36jCVAC9dy
— ??CRPF?? (@crpfindia) September 29, 2019
The CRPF, even its clarification, admitted that it had yet to receive funds for the ration money of its soldiers for the month of September. Shortage of ration money will affect all non-gazetted CRPF personnel namely constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors and inspectors.