The Central Government has decided to raise five Indian Reserve Police (IRP) battalions in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) with an aim to provide jobs to local youths. These battalions will have 60% reservation to people from border areas of J&K.
The five IRP battalions in J&K will have over 5,000 personnel in which 60% reservation will be given to people living in zero to 10 km range from the border. Besides, two female battalions comprising 1,000 women personnel will also be created. The women battalion will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in Kashmir valley and other law and order duties. The cost of raising each battalion us around Rs 61 crore and 75% of it will be provided by central government. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) deploys personnel of IRBs in their respective states but they can be deployed in other states too if there is requirement. At present, there are 144 IRBs in various states. In addition, four IRBs each are being raised in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, 12 in Maoist-hit states besides five battalions in J&K.