Nine new battalions to be deployed in J&K: Rajnath


SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that nine new battalions will be deployed in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking note of the repeated shelling by Pakistani forces, Rajnath said that the Centre will soon take a call on extending the ongoing suspension of operations against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir after Eid.
Addressing a press conference on his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to review the security situation, Rajnath said, “We will soon take a decision on whether to extend the ceasefire beyond Eid or not against terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir after reviewing the situation and meeting with people in the state.”
Rajnath stated that the central government has sanctioned two new women battalions for Jammu and Kashmir police, adding that it will boost employment prospects to nearly 2,000 women in the state. “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned two new women battalions for Jammu and Kashmir police. One battalion will be for Kashmir division and one battalion for Jammu division. This will provide direct employment to nearly 2000 women of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Home Minister added. Announcing relief measures to those affected in the constant ceasefire violation, Rajnath said, “The MHA has revisited scheme of giving Rs. 5 lakhs for persons killed during cross-border firing and ceasefire violations. Now this amount of Rs. 5 lakhs will be directly credited to the account of next of kin and all conditions relating to fixed deposit have been removed.”
Stone pelting cases
Rajnath Singh has announced that all stone pelting cases against children in Jammu and Kashmir will be withdrawn.
Speaking at the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Conclave here, Rajnath said, “When I was in Delhi, I met Afshan Ashiq (Kashmiri Footballer) and she told me that she had been a part of stone pelting incidents earlier, but ever since she got into sports, her life was turned around. Sports can bring a change in your lives. Children can be misguided easily but we know the truth that is why we have withdrawn all stone pelting cases against them.” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, while lauding the Central Governments’ efforts for promoting Sports in the state, said that the children of the state deserved to live in a positive atmosphere sans all the terror and violence.
“Children from Jammu and Kashmir should also be given atmosphere and opportunity to develop like that of the other parts of the country, so that stone pelting, bombing and gunning stop and these children get a chance to grow,” Mufti said.