The Home Ministry has started a major recruitment drive to induct tribals from 26 districts worst affected by Left Wing Extremism as a strategy to fight Maoists by providing employment opportunities to local people. Besides,at least 12 more Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist centres are going to come up in all Maoist affected states.
To make tribals eligible for the selection,the Central Reserve Police Force has started providing six-weeks induction training to those willing to join the forces. The MHA intends to recruit around 7,500 men through this special recruitment drive in various Central armed police forces.
On Monday,recruitment procedure for 2,272 vacancies were initiated in eight LWE affected districts of Chhattisgarh for the post of constables. The districts where the recruitment drive was held were Bastar,Bijapur,Dantewada,Kondagaon,Narayanpur,Sukma and Rajnandgaon.
The six-weeks induction training that was given to the first batch of local was held in May. It included both physical and written training. We do not want any dropouts,so we are preparing these men beforehand, said a senior official.
Initially,the MHA wanted to recruit scouts from the LWE affected areas for seven years,but the plan was revised following adverse comments by the judiciary on the use of auxiliary forces in operations.
The induction of tribal youths in Central forces will be a huge asset as they are naturally endowed in jungle craft and well versed with the terrain and local language, said the official.