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'Bastar Battalion' to enhance security situation in region, says Chhattisgarh CM

Updated: Jul 20, 2016 09:14 IST

Raipur (Chhattisgarh), July 20 (ANI): Noting that it is perhaps for the first time in the country the Centre has agreed to raise a battalion, which would be named after a region - 'Bastar Battalion', Chief Minister Raman Singh has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the battalion that will enhance the security situation in the region.

Divulging details of the battalion, the Chief Minister said, "The battalion has two specialities - there is a relaxation as far as height is concerned, because in the paramilitary forces, height is among other important norms - and, the second is that the battalion will be raised by recruiting people from the Bastar district only, while other central paramilitary forces recruit personnel from across the nation."

"As many as 744 tribal youth will be inducted in the battalion from the Bastar region, including four districts - Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada and Narayanpur, who will help in strengthening the security of the state and the country at large," said Singh, while interacting with reporters after the conclusion of the Monsoon Session on Tuesday.

"Besides, the battalion will also give recognition to Chhattisgarh and Bastar districts at the national level and will also provide an opportunity to the local youth for employment," he added.

Bastar district is known for its beautiful natural environment, rich tribal culture and precious minerals.

"Development is taking place very fast in the region with the help of the Central Government. We have established a medical college and university. Roads are also being built," he added. (ANI)