As promised by Home Minister Rajnath Singh after the conclusion of his recent two day visit to the State, Union Ministry of Home Affairs has accorded sanction for bearing the entire cost of Rs.105 crore for raising two battalions exclusively of women in Jammu and Kashmir Police Force. It is one time fund providing proposal to raise building, for mobility, arms and ammunition so that the structure and the logistics etc are provided for such raising to circumvent any avoidable delays as it is in the initial stages in such matters, that delays are caused.
The note worthy feature of these two women battalions is that while as many as 2014 women would get employment in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, 60 percent of posts would be reserved for women of 10 border districts like Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipore, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh. This is a part of series of welfare measures for the border residents, the other measures announced include enhancement in compensation for the civilians killed in Pakistani shelling as also for the perished cattle compensation. We expect other measures too by both the State as well as the Central Government for the border dwellers who face lot many problems due to Pakistani misadventures.
The StateGovernment is now expected to proceed ahead with the proposal and initiate necessary exercise for the constitution of these two battalions. Only the recurring expenses like salaries etc are to be borne by the State Government. It may be underlined that in all, nine police additional battalions are proposed to be raised, the firm commitment and not mere indication of which, was given by the Home Minister during his recent visit to the State. Out of the nine, two battalions are exclusively for women.