32,238 paramilitary personnel contracted COVID: Government

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32,238 paramilitary personnel contracted COVID: Government

32,238 paramilitary personnel contracted COVID: Government

IANS   ¦    IANS   ¦   Sep 20, 2020 11:22:09 PM (IST)

32,238 paramilitary personnel contracted COVID: Government-1

New Delhi: A total of 32,238 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel tested positive for Covid-19 so far, the Parliament was informed on Sunday.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha, in a written reply, that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had the highest number of cases -- 9,158 -- among the seven CAPFs.

The Border Security Force (BSF) followed with 8,934 cases, while the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had 5,544, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 3,380, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 3,251, the Assam Rifles 1,746 and the National Security Guard (NSG) 225.

The CRPF also had the highest recovery rate (84.4 percent), followed by the BSF (80.41 percent), and the CISF (75.25 percent), while the highest death rate was reported in the CISF (0.43 percent), followed by the Assam Rifles (0.40 percent) and CRPF (0.39 percent).

Rai also said that Covid-19 hospitals, COVID Care Centres and Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC) were set up for treatment of the infected person and to support their recovery.

Besides the normal benefits being availed to the CAPF personnel, it was also decided to provide Rs 15 lakh to next of kin through 'Bharat Ke Veer' funds if a trooper dies due to COVID on duty, as well as an immediate grant for funeral expenses and support for expeditious processing of family pension and other dues, he added.

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