Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the raising of 17 India Reserve Battalions (IR Bns) in Jammu & Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states. It includes five IR Bns in Jammu and Kashmir, four IR Bns in Chhattisgarh, three IR Bns in Jharkhand, three IR Bns in Odisha and two IR Bns in Maharashtra, an official statement said. The major thrust in raising these 17 Bns included recruitment of local youths, relaxation of age and educational criteria.
On five IR Bns to be raised by Jammu and Kashmir, 60 per cent of the vacancies will be filled from its border districts for the posts of constables and class IV. For LWE states, 75 per cent of the vacancies will be filled up from 27 core districts under Security-Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme. The government introduced the scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971. The government has so far, sanctioned 153 IR Bns to various states, out of which 144 IR Bns have been raised and one IR Bn in Jharkhand has been converted into Specialised Indian Reserve Battalion (SIRB) having two engineering companies and five security companies.