New Delhi: The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the raising of 17 India Reserve Battalions by Jammu & Kashmir and left wing extremism-affected States: 5 IR battalions in Jammu & Kashmir, 4 in Chhattisgarh, 3 in Jharkhand, 3 in Odisha and 2 in Maharashtra.
The major thrust in raising these battalions will be on recruiting local youth. To achieve this, the States will relax the age and educational criteria if required.
In respect of the 5 battalions to be raised by Jammu & Kashmir, 60% of the vacancies will be filled from the border districts for the posts of constables and class IV staffers.
For LWE states, 75% of the vacancies of constables will be filled up from the 27 core districts under the Security-Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.
The government introduced the scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971. It has so far sanctioned 153 IR battalions to various States, out of which 144 have been raised and 1 in Jharkhand has been converted into a Specialised Indian Reserve Battalion (SIRB) having 2 engineering companies and 5 security companies.