New Delhi, May 17 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the grant of ration money allowance at the rate of Rs. 1,697 per month per head to the non-gazetted personnel of Andaman and Nicobar (A andN) Police and such personnel of India Reserve Battalions (IRBn) posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands with immediate effect.
The Union Cabinet also proved the revision of the rate of Ration Money Allowance from time to time in accordance with the same formula as is currently applicable to the non-gazetted personnel of Central para military forces.
As per the release issued by the Home Ministry, this will fulfill a long pending demand of the non-gazetted police personnel and personnel of IRBn posted in the Union Territory and bring them at par with the personnel of Delhi Police.
As per the existing strength of non-gazetted police personnel and personnel of India Reserve Battalion posted in the UT, annual expenditure is estimated to be in order of Rs.87.8 crore
As per existing instructions, Ration Money Allowance is paid to Police personnel of A andN Police posted at Look Out Posts (LOPs) only. LOPs are situated at Chowra, Teressa, Kondul, Pillow-Millow, Tillongchang, Narcondum, East Island and Interview Island. As a result only a few A andN Police personnel get Ration Money Allowance and that too only for their tenures at LOPs.
However, the present approval allows all the 4314 non-gazetted staff of Andaman and Nicobar Police and such personnel of India Reserve Battalion as are posted in A andN Islands to be extended this benefit at the rates applicable to Central Para Military Forces. (ANI)