MHA to raise two auxiliary battalions in NE


By Madhumita Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, June 19 (Vision Communications): The Ministry of Home Affairs has initiated a move to raise two auxiliary battalions to recruit youth mainly from the surrendered militants of two specific states of the North East, Manipur and Assam.

Talking to the Vision Communications today a highly placed source in the MHA confirmed that altogether 1500 youth from different designated camps would be recruited in next few weeks time.

Besides designated camps other surrendered militants of these two states also can apply if they fulfill the recruitment criterion. There would be no written test. If the surrendered militants upto the age of 35 years are found physically fit with a class eight pass certificate, they would be recruited forthwith.

As per the new formula, all the recruited youth would be given school education and skill training in various discipline for next five years. Those who can pass upto class ten, would be absorbed in regular paramilitary battalions. Those who do not pass class tenth, can easily earn their livelihoods from the skill training in various disciplines they would receive for the five years. The concept of the new format is to make all of them employable.

During the training period, the recruitees would receive Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 14,000/- per month. They would also be given freedom to choose vocational courses that they want to pursue during five-year long training period.



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