NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to approve the Central Armed Police Forces' proposal to rename the Second-In-Command or 2-I/C position to Additional Commandant.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said the issues in a recommendation to the Ministry, saying that after superannuation in the rank of Second-In Command, CAPF officers find it difficult to explain their status and profile to the general public. "The status of Second-In-Command is difficult to define even in various government organizations/departments," the CRPF noted in its suggestion.
"It goes without saying that a CAPF officer should take pleasure in his rank and file," the CRPF wrote, "but the rank of Second-In-Command (2I/C)A fails to add to the officer's price, rather becoming a source of shame at times." Other paramilitary groups have expressed similar sentiments.
According to the officials, rank is the most essential aspect of security personnel's duty, and they treat it with the utmost pride and respect. They noted that while the 2I/C rank is well-known among paramilitary personnel, it is difficult to explain to civilians.
Direct appointment security professionals in the levels of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Sub-Inspector (Sub-Inspector) generally retire at the rank of 2I-C.