New Delhi, August 5: With an aim to curb terrorism, naxalism from the country and as well as to create more employment in Jammu and Kashmir the central government has approved to recruit 16000 Kashmiri youth into armed forces. Notably, the information was given by Minister of Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Minister Hansraj Ahir said that in order to generate employment for youth of J&K, the government has also approved additional recruitment of 10,000 SPOs, recruitment of around 5381 personnel in 5 new India Reserve Battalions, recruitment of 1079 personnel of CAPFs and Assam Rifles.
He also said the locally raised battalion which is modeled out of the Bastariya Battalion which comprises of tribals to fight Naxals in Bastar will have around 10,000 Kashmiri youth. Minister Ahir also noted that police are taking initiatives like sports events, community policing, counseling of miscreants to engage the locals with mainstream society.
Interestingly, the central government feels it can prevent Kashmiri youth taking to militancy and bring them back to the mainstream with more jobs. However, it has become very important for the government that all the anti national elements should be eliminated as quickly as possible for prevailing peace in the country.