Chhattisgarh: Golden opportunity to get job in CRPF, 400 tribal youth will be recruited
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Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has conducted a special recruitment drive in Chhattisgarh. Under this campaign, 400 tribal youths will be recruited as constables. A fresh batch of 400 tribal youths have been selected from the interior areas of Naxal-affected Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh under a special recruitment drive, a Union Home Ministry official said. They will be recruited as constables in the force.
The officer said that these tribal youths will be part of the ‘Bastariya Battalion’. The battalion was named after the then undivided Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Appointment offers have been issued to all the selected 400 tribal youths. In the year 2016, the Central Government had announced the establishment of ‘Bastariya Battalion’. Under this, personnel are largely taken from Bastar region. These jawans are included in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh (Anti Maoists Operations in Chhattisgarh).
Another official said that the central government has relaxed the weight and height category for the recruitment of tribal youth and women. The purpose behind raising such a battalion is to strengthen the security forces in the fight against Naxalites. The youth of Chhattisgarh who have been recruited in the force know the local language. They are familiar with the geographical condition of the area. These youth will be able to get intelligence about Naxalites easily. At present, a large number of tribal youths are joining the government through CRPF.
Officials say that this initiative will send a positive message to the local population. Another official said the government had relaxed the weight and height standards for tribal men and women. The recruits will be trained to work in Maoist affected areas. In this way, a tribal battalion will not only help in providing employment to the people of tribal society but will also prove to be helpful in planning operations of CRPF effectively. The CPI (Maoist) has in the past warned locals against joining the CRPF or the state police force.