New Delhi: More than 5,000 troops of the country's largest paramilitary force- CRPF- have reported to be suffering from various diseases including AIDS and cancer this year, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
The CRPF, which has almost 3 lakh men and women in its more than 200 battalions, has also reported the maximum number of deaths (175) amongst central police and paramilitary forces this year.
While a total of 5,404 personnel (including 136 women) have reported to be suffering from skin, heart and mental diseases, depression, high blood pressure, AIDS and cancer in CRPF, the corresponding figures in other forces were—Assam Rifles (1,177), CISF (472), SSB (375), ITBP (161), BSF (27) and NSG (8).
The number of personnel who died during 2011 owing to these diseases stood at CRPF (175) including three women, CISF (69), Assam Rifles (35), BSF (31), ITBP (17) and SSB (3).
The government, however, did not specify the numbers in case of each disease separately.
"There is no increase in the number of cases of skin, heart and mental diseases, depression, high blood pressure, AIDS, cancer diseases and deaths due to these diseases amongst the personnel of central paramilitary forces," Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
Besides setting up 180 voluntary confidential counseling and testing centres, unit hospital and composite hospital, various preventive measures like mandatory annual and periodical medical examination, counselling and awareness programmes at unit level are being conducted regularly, he said.
As no alarming trends have been witnessed, no need has been felt for a study (on diseases in these forces), he added.