Woman force for girls on Valley streets; EC wants 75,000 troops for one seat

The move comes days after school girls and women were seen fighting pitched battles with security forces in the heart of Srinagar.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:April 28, 2017 4:49 am
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday reviewed implementation of a Rs 80,000-crore package for Jammu and Kashmir and directed the state government to raise an all-woman India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to deal with incidents such as stone-pelting.

The move comes days after school girls and women were seen fighting pitched battles with security forces in the heart of Srinagar.

The women’s contingent will be one of five IRBs the Centre has sanctioned for the state. As many as 140,000 candidates have applied for 5,000 posts in the IRBs.

An official said the Home Ministry decided to go for an all-woman battalion after realising that 6,000 applicants were women. The cost of raising each battalion is around Rs 61 crore, and 75 per cent of the expenditure will be borne by the Centre.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has asked the Ministry to deploy 750 companies of central forces for the Lok Sabha bypoll in Anantnag, rescheduled for May 25 after the Srinagar bypoll was marred by violent protests and poor voter turnout.

“During the recently concluded assembly elections, we had sanctioned 70,000 central forces for five states. Here, they want 75,000 central forces for one constituency. There is not much time and it will be a difficult exercise logistically to arrange such a large force in such short span of time,” a senior official of the Ministry said.

Singh reviewed over 60 projects being implemented by 15 central ministries and directed officials to expedite the works.

In November 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a package of Rs 80,068 crore for J&K. Of this, Rs 61,112 crore has already been sanctioned by different ministries and Rs 19,961 crore released — Rs 5,000 crore has been given to the state government while the remaining amount is with central departments, officials said.

Projects in the package include augmentation of power infrastructure, improvement of road infrastructure, flood relief, promotion of tourism, and setting up of 50 tourist villages.

Progress on the creation of two AIIMS-like institutions in Jammu and Srinagar and higher education facilities in the state were also taken up at the meeting Thursday.

There are five major power projects which include the Srinagar-Leh transmission line, smart grid and smart meters and augmentation of electricity distribution systems. In addition, approval has been given for semi-ring roads for Jammu and Srinagar and hydro and solar power projects, the Home Ministry said in a statement.

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    AK
    Apr 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Having seen Indian elections for almost six decades, never seen a more bizarre situation like one in Kashmir now. It is a complete failure of governance.
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      ashok
      Apr 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm
      75,000 security personnel in one parliamentary cons uency will advertise to the w world what the ground reality in Kashmir is. The election commission ought to have respected the union home secretary's written advice and not held the bypoll in Srinagar.
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        laxman
        Apr 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm
        what if hijras throw stones on sanghi private army - weather they will form hijrah batallion with feku as supreme commander
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          AK
          Apr 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm
          Ha ha ha ha
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          raj
          Apr 28, 2017 at 10:20 am
          package for Jammu not for kashmir. Please rectify the mistake.
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            Mahender Goriganti
            Apr 28, 2017 at 7:45 am
            Islamic express keep selling the same story different ways to promote its Jihad agenda against India.
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              Joydeep
              Apr 28, 2017 at 9:19 am
              Then read Times of India, the paper of bhakts
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                Viyan
                Apr 28, 2017 at 9:29 am
                What has Indian Express go to do in all this? As usual, chaeddi's can do no good work for building the country, so they are relying on strategy of defamation and sustenance-by-mani tion. What else can we expect from the people who blinded almost all of us (including me) in making us celebrate the death of our own people, 80 poor people; as a small cost to be paid for the demonetization. A pity political move which was done just to put a party-impression on each and every person in the country, had absolutely no objective gain for the country.
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                Sheik Mohamed
                Apr 28, 2017 at 7:13 am
                For how long time you scuttle this move of Kashmiris? Why government should not initiate steps to uage their feelings and prevent their alienation from national mainstream? Why saffronized party and their coalition partners legislators afraid to speak to them, instead of confining themselves in closed walls with full security? Why security agencies deplo them should not be asked to behave properly with them and why their wings should not be clipped in this regard? Why they should not focus their energy to prevent infiltration militants crossing through Border? instead of targeting women/commoners continuously citing law&order/search operation.
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                  Mahender Goriganti
                  Apr 28, 2017 at 7:45 am
                  Here comes Jihadi in kinds of colors.
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                    rudra
                    Apr 28, 2017 at 7:57 am
                    Beacuse itis very difficult to please the followers of religion of peace. They want a califate in the heaven of earth Kashmir.
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