Raipur: Chhattisgarh government will set
up an armed battalion of women to deal with the law and order
situation on the field and deploy it in the naxal-infested
areas if needed.
"Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has given
in-principle nod for formation of the women battalion. The
battalion will, however, not be used in anti-naxal combat
operations," said N K Aswal, chief secretary of Home
Informing that the chief minister has already directed
the Home department to start procedure for setting up the
women battalion, Aswal said that the state government has
decided to reduce number of women in the district police
forces stationed in the naxal-dominated areas.
"The reservation for women police in the district
police forces has been reduced to 10 percent from previous 30
percent. However, quota for women will continue at 30 percent
in the field area," Aswal said.
The Chhattisgarh Armed Forces currently have sixteen
battalions in the state, and after formation of the exclusive
women unit, it will be the 17th battalion, he added.