Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has launched a special recruitment drive in Chhattisgarh. Under this campaign, 400 tribal youth will be recruited as constables. A Union Home Ministry official said that under a special recruitment drive, a new group of 400 tribal youths have been selected from the interior areas of Naxal-affected Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh. They will be recruited in the force as constables.
The officer said that these tribal youth will be part of ‘Bastariya Battalion’. This battalion was named after the then undivided Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. Appointment proposals for all the selected 400 tribal youth have been issued. The Central Government had announced the establishment of ‘Bastariya Battalion’ in the year 2016. Under this, personnel are taken largely from Bastar region. These soldiers are included in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.
Another official said that the Central Government has given relaxation in weight and height category for the recruitment of tribal youth and women. The purpose behind creating such a battalion is to strengthen the security forces in the fight against Naxalites. The youth of Chhattisgarh who have been recruited in the force know the local language. They are familiar with the geographical condition of the area. These youth will be able to easily obtain intelligence about Naxalites. At present, a large number of tribal youth are joining the government through CRPF.
Officials say that this initiative will send a positive message to the local population. Another official said the government had relaxed weight and height standards for tribal men and women. The recruits will be trained to work in Maoist affected areas. In this way, a tribal battalion will not only help in providing employment to the people of tribal society but will also prove helpful to the CRPF in planning operations effectively. The CPI (Maoist) had earlier warned locals against joining the CRPF or the state police force.