Governor Vohra gives Nod for raising two Police Battalion in J&K
Governor NN Vohra on Thursday chaired the first meeting of the State Administrative Council constituted on June 21 after proclamation of Governor’s rule in the state.Advisers to the Governor, BB Vyas and Vijay Kumar, besides Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam attended the meeting.The council deliberated upon various proposals submitted by administrative departments for their consideration and approval.In a significant decision meant to benefit the youth residing near the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC), the council accorded sanction to the raising of two border battalions, one each for Jammu and Kashmir regions, along with the creation of 2,014 posts of various ranks. The 1,402 posts of constables available in these two border battalions would be filled from amongst the youth residing within 0-10 km from the border or the LoC. The remaining 600 posts will be filled through recruitment across the state.The decision of establishment of two border police battalions will positively impact the lives of thousands of youth residing in border areas of the state. The residents of border areas have been highlighting the issue of their under-representation in the state police force.The council directed the Home Department to complete the recruitment to these border battalions through a transparent process within the next six months and the status be placed before the council then. Funds to the tune of Rs 162 crore shall be made available for creating the requisite infrastructure for these battalions and another Rs 36 crore shall be required annually for meeting the recurring expenses towards salary, etc.The council took note of the status of construction of 12,165 individual and 1,347 community bunkers along the IB and LoC being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 415 crore.The council further directed the Home Department to take appropriate measures to ensure that community bunkers, upon completion, are handed over to the district administration concerned for optimum utilisation and adequate maintenance.The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has accorded sanction to the construction of 1,431 community-type bunkers and 13,029 individual-type bunkers for the safety and security of residents in five border districts of Jammu division viz Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch.A divisional-level committee has been constituted to supervise and review the progress of construction and also furnish physical and financial progress reports on a monthly basis.