All-woman India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to be raised in Jammu and Kashmir

The Home Ministry has planned to raise an all-woman India Reserve Battalion (IRB) in Jammu and Kashmir.The all-woman battalion will be one among the five IRBs that has been sanctioned by the Central government for the State last year.The cost of raising battalions would be Rs. 61 crore and 75% of the expenditure will be borne by the union government. The decision has been taken in the wake of girl students throwing stones at security forces in Srinagar a few days ago. The all-woman battalion will be one among the five IRBs that has been sanctioned by the Central government for the State last year. The decision was taken after the Home Minister reviewed various developmental and infrastructure projects in the State. The all-woman battalion’s major role would be to tackle protesters. Apart from that, it would also be assigned other law and order duties. The cost of raising battalions would be Rs. 61 crore and 75% of the expenditure will be borne by the union government.

India Reserve Battalion (IRB) is raised to provide employment opportunities to the local youths with 60% of vacancies reserved for candidates from the border districts. Though IRB personnel are usually deployed in their respective states, they can also be deployed elsewhere if necessary.

The home ministry has also asked the Jammu and Kashmir State government to not use Special Police Officers as guards at the houses of politicians and other government officials. Instead it has been advised to use them in active policing. The state has been asked to construct many football fields and develop other sports facilities for the rural youth of the state to engage themselves.

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