Srinagar, Nov 30 (UNI) The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) today admitted that the incidents of suicide among its men had increased in the recent past, but asserted that a pilot project, 'Sanjeevani', has been launched to relieve the personnel of stress and anxiety.
Addressing a news conference here, CRPF Director General (DG) S I S Ahmed said the rise in the incidents of suicide among the security forces was a matter of concern for everybody.
''The graph of incidents of suicide among the CRPF personnel across the country has shown an increase in the recent past. Last year, there were 30-32 such incidents in the CRPF while the figure stands at 40 so far during the current year,'' he added.
In 2005, the number of such incidents stood at 19.
Mr Ahmed said the stress level among the CRPF men has shown a significant increase in the recent past. ''We have launched the 'Sanjeevani' project a few months ago to relieve our men from growing stress and anxiety,'' he added.
Under the project, the DG said CRPF personnel along with their family members, mainly wives, would be jointly offered counselling and training on ways to reduce the stress levels.
''We will also ensure greater interaction between the CRPF personnel and their family members which will definitely help in reducing stress,'' he added.
Mr Ahmed said the family members, mainly wives, would be included in the training-cum-counselling programme as they also suffer huge mental trauma when their husbands were away on duty.
The level of stress among the wives of the CRPF men remain very high, which at times make their husbands more anxious, he added.
Mr Ahmed further said the communication system between the personnel and their family members need to be modernised. ''Letters and other old methods of communications have become outdates. The system needs to be modernised. A jawan should get in touch with his family members within no time in case of any emergency.'' The DG said the 'Sanjeevani' project was aimed at addressing the problem areas as far as the CRPF men were concerned and minimising the rising number of suicide cases among the personnel.