CRPF to induct 38 new battalions in the coming years
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 15:36
New Delhi: CRPF will induct about 38 battalions (about 40,000 personnel) in the coming years, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Friday.

Speaking at a CRPF function here, Chidambaram said while three more battalions would be raised this year, making the strength of the world's largest paramilitary force swell to 210 Battalion, 35 more would be inducted in the coming years.

"At present, the CRPF strength is about 2.5 lakh which will grow to about 3.7 to 4 lakh personnel when 35 more Battalions are recruited," Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram, who today launched project 'Janani' (mother as embodiment of selfless love) in collaboration with 'Nanhi Chhaan' Foundation, said, "We cannot have a nation where male species and female species are treated differently, where the boy is shown preference, a girl suffers prejudice, a boy child is welcomed to the family whereas a girl child is looked upon as a burden."

He said such values are completely outdated and must be rejected thoroughly and completely.

"In fact a girl child is a bundle of joy. I have one son and my son and daughter-in-law have one child, that is a girl. She celebrated her birthday yesterday. And I think seeing that child grow up have been the most joyous moments of our life," he said.

As part of the Janani project, the CRPF will plant over a total 2 lakh saplings in the next one year at places where their Battalions are posted.

The CRPF launched a scheme whereby the force has opened bank accounts in the name of every girl child born to its personnel in the last one year with an initial recurring deposit of Rs 250.

The scheme would also be extended to all girls born into the CRPF family in the future, CRPF Director General A S Gill said.

The project will be supervised and run by the CRPF Wives’ Welfare Association (CWWA).


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 15:36

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