Women police battalion to deal with stone-pelters

After tribals from Madhya Pradesh and ‘Jan sena’ formed in Kanpur offered their help to take on stone pelters in Kashmir Valley, the federal government also offered its solution to tackle the issue of stone pelting.

The union government announced that round 1,000 women will be hired in the state for a police battalion, which will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting.

Importantly, the policewomen will be part of the five India Reserved Battalions (IRBs), the central government has already sanctioned.

As many as 1,40,000 youths have already applied for 5,000 posts in the five IRBs to be raised in the state.

The process of recruitment in the five IRBs has started and authorities have received around 1,40,000 applications, 40 per cent of which are from the Valley.

The women battalion will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in the Kashmir valley and other law and order duties, a Home Ministry official said.

The response to the police battalions is very encouraging as there are nearly 30 applicants against one post, the official said.

The issue was discussed today at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Rs 80,000 crore development package announced for Jammu and Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.

The IRBs are being raised with an aim to provide jobs to the local youths and 60 per cent of vacancies in the new battalions will be filled from the border districts of the state.

The cost of raising each battalion is around Rs 61 crore and 75 per cent of it will be provided by the central government.

Interestingly, personnel of India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) are normally deployed in their respective states but they can be deployed in other states too if there is a requirement.

At present, there are 144 India Reserve Battalions in various states. In addition, four IRBs each are being raised in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 12 in Maoist-hit states besides the five battalions in J&K.

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