Govt Eyes Militancy-hit Regions For Recruitment
4 January 2005
The Times of India
New Delhi: In an attempt to dissuade unemployed youth from straying into insurgency, the government on Tuesday decided to increase recruitment to central para-military forces from militancy-hit and border areas from the existing 10 to 40 per cent. Stating this after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee also announced that states hit by the naxalism would be provided central paramilitary forces without any charge for three years. State governments earlier had to pay Rs 13 crore annually for the paramilitary forces. Mukherjee, however, said the state governments would have to come up with their 'action plans' to tackle naxalism and improve their own law and order situation. The CCS also gave 'post-facto approval' to the relaxation of visa norms for Pakistani nationals visiting India. This will cover people over the age of 65, accredited journalists and academicians. The CCS meeting was also attended by home minister Shivraj Patil, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and others.