New Delhi, Jan 30: Experts from IIM Lucknow will undertake a study and find solutions to the occupational “stress and strain” suffered by CRPF personnel that leads to extreme instances like suicides and breakdown of family support system.

CRPF Director General AP Maheshwari signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the subject of “domestic empowerment” with  Archana Shukla of the Indian Institute of Management (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 Central Reserve Police Force 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 its personnel, affecting them and 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.

The MoU underlines the necessity for having such an evidence-based study that, as per the DG, would lead to mental strengthening as well as domestic empowerment, besides other policy derivatives.

Ideally speaking, families of CRPF personnel should act as a safety valve, for release of pent-up emotions, and be a veritable pillar of support. Long separation from their respective families, due to families staying in their respective home towns further compounds the problem, the statement in the MoU said. – PTI