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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)

J&K Police to get 2 women battalions

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 13

To enhance gender equity in policing in the state, the Centre on Wednesday approved a proposal to raise two women battalions for the Jammu and Kashmir Police. One battalion will be raised for the Jammu region and the other for Kashmir.

A senior official in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, “As per the decision, 60 per cent of the posts will be reserved for women in 10 border districts — Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.”

Noting that the decision would help generate direct employment for over 2,000 deserving women in the state, the official said the recruitment process would be completed by the state government within a year.

“The one-time fund requirement on account of buildings, mobility, arms and ammunition, etc. to the tune of Rs 105 crore for raising of these two women battalions would be borne by the Centre and the recurring expenses towards salary, etc. would be borne by the state government,” the official said.

The initiative of raising two women battalions for the J&K Police was announced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his recent visit to the state.

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