Indian Army To Raise Three Battalions From J&K Youth
15 March 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: The Indian Army in held Kashmir has decided to raise three battalions of Jammu and Kashmir light infantry and Kashmir scouts in 2004-2005 to recruit aspirants. While the Centre has raised several Territorial Army battalions in the state with 5,300 youths already enrolled, some 4662 youth are expected to get jobs in the near future, said an Indian defence spokesman, Times of India reports. Rs 146 crore have been disbursed as payment to these companies, it said. The defence spokesman said, apart from regular Army jobs to the educated youth, the authorities have decided to raise several companies for the uneducated unemployed to work as porters. He said 19, 600 persons worked as porters on a regular pay scale. The spokesman claimed that the response to join the Indian Army has been so overwhelming that authorities might have to increase the number of posts in coming years. The Indian Army is also recruiting educated women to teach in the 25 Army schools established in separate areas in the held Valley .