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Govt to 'rationalise' requisition of CRPF

delhi Updated: Mar 27, 2011 11:15 IST

The government has decided to "rationalise and restrict" the deployment of CRPF on frequent requests of states in order to maintain the sanctity of the "reserve" component of the force by keeping troops under compulsory training and rest.

The decision will now make arbitrary requisitioning of CRPF contingents by states and Union Territories tough.

All requests by various states asking for battalions of the central paramilitary force are now being vetted on strong reasoning, jointly by the Union Home Ministry and CRPF headquarters, before detachments are sent.

There have been almost ten instances in the recent past have when the required number of CRPF contingents were rationalised and reduced by nearly 30 per cent before being sent for duties, sources said.

"Today as I speak to you, out of the 186 executive battalions (of CRPF), 186 companies are under training. We have made it a rule that one company in any Battalion shall at any time be under training and be given rest and recuperation," Chidambaram said on April 9 last year, while speaking at the Valour Day of the force here.

The CRPF, with almost 210 operational battalions (2.10 lakh personnel) now, is also fast expanding its training infrastructure to meet the demand of training the regular personnel and also to cater to new recruits.

Ten battalions of the force have also been earmarked as exclusive 'law and order' units and more such battalions would be identified looking at the extensive charter of duties of CRPF in this domain.

A separate lot of exclusive battalions to deal with Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is also proposed, sources added.