Home Ministry reviews functioning of paramilitary forces

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The Home Ministry today reviewed the functioning of paramilitary forces and discussed issues like raising new battalions, increasing women’s representation and expansion of the air wing of the BSF.At the high-level meeting, chaired by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and attended by Directors General of CRPF, CISF, BSF, NSG, Assam Rifles, SSB and ITBP, various issues related to the functioning of paramilitary forces were discussed threadbare.

The issues discussed included raising of additional battalions, setting up of regional centres and hubs, housing issues related to paramilitary personnel, representation of women in forces, BSF air wing, training centres, filling up of vacancies, construction of roads in difficult areas and issues related to procurement of land, among others, a Home Ministry statement said.Addressing the officials, Rijiju said the government appreciates the dedication of the forces and is making all efforts to boost the morale of forces and take care of them.

The minister said senior officers of the forces should visit the Border Outposts and Operational Headquarters on a regular basis which will have an effect of raising the morale of the personnel.Reviewing various issues of the paramilitary forces, Rijiju said the Ministry of Home Affairs will look into the matters raised by the forces and try to do the best possible in each case.

He also emphasised on due representation of women in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and said forces should make efforts to meet the target of reservation for women set by the government.An action taken report on the previous meeting held on April 19, 2016 was also discussed, the statement said.

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