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17 Indian Reserve Battalions to be Raised in J&K and LWE States
Jan 29, 2016

Union Government has approved the raising of 17 India Reserve Battalions (IRB) by Jammu & Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States. It includes five IRBs in the state of J&K, four IRBs in Chhattisgarh, three IRBs in Jharkhand, three IRBs in Odisha and two IRBs in Maharashtra.  The major thrust in raising these 17 IRBs is as follows:

  • Local youths will be recruited. To achieve this, the States will relax the age and educational criteria, if required. 

  • In respect of the 5 IR Bns to be raised by J&K, 60% of the vacancies will be filled from the border districts of the state for the posts of constables and class IV. 

  • For LWE states, 75% of the vacancies of constables will be filled up from 27 core districts under Security Related Expenditure Scheme.

This is to be noted here that the Government of India had introduced the scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971. The Government of India has so far, sanctioned 153 IRBs to various States, out of which 144 IRBs have been raised and one IRB in Jharkhand has been converted into Specialized Indian Reserve Battalion having two engineering companies and five security companies.

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