J&K: MHA nod to two border battalions of local youths

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: March 23, 2018 6:11 am

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The Union Home Ministry has for the first time sanctioned the setting up of two Reserve Battalions in Jammu and Kashmir that will comprise youths living in the border areas. One battalion each for Jammu and Kashmir has been approved with 2,014 posts and Rs 105 crore financial outlay, according to the Standing Committee on Security Related Expenditure headed by Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, officials said.

The move, they said, comes amid frequent shelling from Pakistan on the Jammu border and steep rise in infiltration by militants at the LoC in Kashmir. “These two battalions should be filled only from the youths living in the area 0-10 kilometres from the International Border (IB) or Line of Control (LoC). The…

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