The Central Army is training the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) jawans of seven states to enhance their policing skills in combating insurgency, especially in the wake of the growing Naxalite menace in the country.
The state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal have sought the Central Army's assistance in imparting specialised training to their respective PAC companies.
The training programmes for 52 PAC companies numbering more than 5,200 PAC jawans in UP alone, are underway at Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi, Bareilly, Allahabad and Meerut.
The training is being imparted on a rotation basis with seven companies being trained at a time. Additionally, 600 jawans of Uttrakhand are being trained at Kotdwara and Haridwar.
The training starts with refreshing the basics of combat and gradually develops into counter terrorism and jungle warfare training before terminating into tough outdoor camps, which are acid test for all training imparted during the month and helps assess the level of assimilation of the jawans.
Specialised counter Naxalite training is being imparted at Punjab Regimental Centre, Ramgarh, Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur and Grenadier Regimental Centre, Jabalpur to 1,200 police personnel of Jharkhand and 600 personnel of Bihar and Orissa respectively.
To counter IED, training at CMM Jabalpur, counter insurgency and jungle warfare by CIJW School is being imparted to police personnel at Vairante Manipur.
The Central Army is also conducting specialised training for armourers of Chhattisgrh, while 500 police personnel of Orissa will undergo training at JAK Rifles Regimental centre, Jabalpur shortly.
The final leg of training will commence with 675 personnel of Reserve Police Force (RPF) companies of Uttrakhand being trained by the Central Army at 11 Gorkha Rigles Regimental Centre in Lucknow Cantonment beginning January 2007.
Unlike conventional training concepts, these training modules aim at preparing a PAC jawan to be totally adept in weapon handling and field craft and enable him to 'think, survive and operate' like his adversary. The four week strict and focussed training regimen aims at mental conditioning as well as physically toughening the jawans.