Govt considers withdrawal of more forces from J&K
The Centre today said it was considering withdrawal of more central para-military forces (CPMF) from Jammu and Kashmir as situation in the Valley was improving.delhi Updated: Feb 22, 2011 18:55 IST
The Centre on Tuesday said it was considering withdrawal of more central para-military forces (CPMF) from Jammu and Kashmir as situation in the Valley was improving.
Minister of state for home Gurudas Kamat said while 10 battalions of CPMF were withdrawn from Kashmir during 2009, further withdrawals were being considered and examined.
The state police is also acquiring better capabilities and higher numbers of personnel as a result of the capacity building efforts, he told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
Kamat said deployment of CPMF in Kashmir Valley is a subject of continuous appraisal and review.
The force levels are maintained in order to meet the requirements of the state government for maintaining law and order.
"It has been the endeavour of the government to reduce CPMF deployment in a graded manner thereby entrusting more and more responsibility on the state force for the maintenance of law and order," he said.
The minister said all adjustments in the strength of CPMF in Jammu and Kashmir are made after careful consideration of all factors, view points and the ground situations.
"Force levels in the Kashmir valley are maintained in close consultation with the state government," he said.