Now All-women India Reserve Battalion will counter gender based violence in Kashmir
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 19: With an aim to address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by Women in the valley, the government of India had approved raising of 5 India Reserve Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir police. This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in a written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha today.

Notably, the State Government of Kashmir raised a demand to create a Women Police Battalion for J&K Police to address the issues relating to gender based violence faced by Women. Keeping in view the central government approved raising of 5 India Reserve Battalions for Jammu and Kashmir police.

Kiren Rijiju said that that policy of MHA is to reserve 33% seats for women, therefore, the ministry encouraged Jammu and Kashmir government to raise 2 women battalions. “However, citing that the process of recruitment of 5 India Reserve Battalions has already been set in motion, the State Government has reiterated its proposal for the creation of one new exclusive Battalion for women,” Rijiju added.

Meanwhile, Kiren Rijiju also clarified the equal treatment to Paramilitary personnel died in action at par with Army martyrs. He said Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Army are not comparable on a one to one basis as there are differences in their retirement age, service rules etc.

Rijiju further explained about several benefits that are given to Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) & Assam Rifles (AR) personnel including Next of Kins (NoK) of that CAPF personnel who sacrifice their lives in the course of duty are as follows:

 (i)  Ex-gratia lump-sum compensation @ Rs.35 lakhs for death on active duty and @ Rs. 25 lakhs for death on duty, as the case may be, is entitled to the Next of Kin of the deceased personnel.

 (ii)  The NoK of the deceased is entitled to get Liberalized Family Pension (i.e. last pay drawn) under Central Civil Service (Extra Ordinary Pension) Rules, 1939 and other pensionary benefits as admissible.

 (iii)    5% vacancies are reserved in Group “C” & “D” for compassionate appointments for NoK of the deceased personnel.

 (iv) Under the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme, amount @ Rs.2250/- pm for girls and Rs.2000/- pm for boys is being released to the wards of serving/retired CAPFs & AR personnel.  Prime Minister Scholarship is admissible to 1000 girls and 1000 boys.

 (v) There is a reservation of 15 MBBS and 02 BDS seats for the wards of CAPFs & AR personnel in the seats of Central Government for these courses.

(vi) Central Police Canteens at various locations in the country have been functioning.

 (vii)  A Welfare and Rehabilitation Board has been established for the welfare and rehabilitation of CAPFs & AR personnel and their families including differently abled personnel.