Govt. to raise five military battalions from Kashmir

Govt. to raise five military battalions from KashmirThe Indian cabinet Wednesday approved raising of five military battalions from disputed Jammu and Kashmir, a news report said.
The union cabinet approved the raising of 17 India Reserve Battalions (IR Bns) by Jammu and Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states, the report said.
“Five IR battalions will be increased by Jammu and Kashmir, four by Chhattisgrah, three by Jharkhand, three by Odisha and two by Maharashtra,” an official release said.
According to the statement, local youth would be recruited with relaxation in the age and educational qualification criteria.
In Jammu and Kashmir, 60 percent of the recruits for the posts of constables and class IV employees would be from the border districts.
For Left Wing Extremism states, 75 percent of the recruits would be from the 27 core affected districts under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.