Home Ministry to raise two battalions of BSF, CRPF for Jammu and Kashmir

Updated: Sep 05, 2019, 21:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

The Home Ministry has planned to raise two additional battalions, one each of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir

The Home Ministry will be raising two additional battalions for Jammu and Kashmir. Pic/Twitter IANS
The Home Ministry will be raising two additional battalions for Jammu and Kashmir. Pic/Twitter IANS

According to sources from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Home Ministry has planned to raise two additional battalions, one each of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir. The move comes only after one-and-a-half months of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladhak coming into existence.

According to government officials, the move to create two additional battalions is aimed at creating job opportunities for youth in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The two Union Territories, Jammu, and Kashmir will come into existence on October 31. The Home Ministry is preparing a road map just a month after Article 370 was abrogated and the state was split into two UTs with Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one.

Besides the Home Ministry, over a dozen ministries, including the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the Ministry of Rural Development, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting have also joined hands in order to execute the implementation of 85 central schemes in the two Union Territories, reports news agency IANS.

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The central government has accelerated development work in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under the people-oriented schemes such as the PM-KISAN, PM-KISAN-Pension, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand-Up India.

On August 5, 2019, the Indian government passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, which ripped off the special status granted to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories.

With inputs from IANS

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