Experts from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, will undertake a study and find solutions to the occupational “stress and strain” suffered by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel that leads to extreme instances like suicides and breakdown of family support system.
CRPF director General A P Maheshwari signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the subject of “domestic empowerment” with Archana Shukla of IIM Lucknow in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
Initially, a pilot project will be conducted by some chosen experts of the premiere management institute at CRPF locations in and around Lucknow and this is expected to be followed by a full-length research on the issue.
“Consequent to the report on this pilot project, a strategy will be formulated for fine-tuning the broad framework, under which a full-fledged research will be conducted, to evaluate and assess the responses and, accordingly, propose, configure and facilitate the way forward,” a CRPF spokesperson said.
The about 3.25 lakh personnel strong force is the mainstay for anti-Naxal, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations apart from various law and order duties, and as per official estimates over 95 per cent of its strength remains on operational deployment at any given point of time.
The force says these hard duties have led to consequent stress and strain among the personnel, which not only affects them but also their families.
“It is the first-of-its-kind study by outside expert agency to study first-hand impact on soldiers and their families owing to prolonged deployment in high risk areas that are non-family stations and suggest further measures,” Maheshwari said on his official Twitter handle.