Crumbs versus Pittance

…for the CRPF and the Army in Kashmir.

…compared to the army there is a general feeling in the CRPF ranks that its men are not adequately compensated. It is argued that Jawans are frustrated because their counterparts in the Indian Army doing similar jobs in militancy-infested pockets are better looked after. When TIMES NOW compared the two, this feeling was to a great extent found true.

While an army Jawan fighting militants in Kashmir gets a monthly pay packet of Rs 14,000 and host of other benefits including allowances in the form of disturbed area allowance his counterpart in the CRPF draws a meager pay of Rs 7,500 which includes all the allowances. [TimesNow]

Although the veracity of the report (Rs. 14,000 and 7500 for the same trooper in Kashmir) is debatable, it reminds us of that famous Woody Allen bon mot -

…two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ‘em says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” [WikiQuote]

Cross posted on the Indian Economy Blog

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