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Army trying to 'meet requirements' of expanded NSG

india Updated: Mar 19, 2009 21:43 IST

Facing problems in providing officers for the NSG, for which new hubs and increase in strength has been proposed, Army today said it is trying to "meet the requirements" for expansion of the elite anti-terror force.

"We have a large deficiency of officers especially at the younger level. We will see how best we can meet the requirements of both the Army as well as for NSG expansion. We have tried to grapple with this problem and hopefully we will find a solution," Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor told reporters after flagging-off an expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri here.

After the government decided to expand the National Security Guards (NSG) in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes and set up its bases in four major cities across the country, the army was asked to provide additional troops and officers for it.

The plans are facing obstacles with army expressing its inability to provide over 200 additional officers of the ranks of Captains and Majors needed for phase I expansion of the NSG.

The army has agreed to send the 4,000 soldiers required for the first stage of expansion.

In NSGs Special Action Group (SAG), which handles anti-terror operations, 100 per cent soldiers and officers are from Army, who are posted on deputation to the Home Ministry.

While over 200 officers and 4,000 soldiers are required for the phase I expansion plans, the creation of four regional hubs at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata will require a total of over 550 officers and 11,000 soldiers.

At present, the Army already has deputed 140 officers and 4,300 men to the SAG. These officers and men are sent on a two-year deputation to the force and are taken out of regular combat units.

The Army already deputes its officers and men to the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir and the Assam Rifles in the North-east.