Centre sanctions all women IRB for HP

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Shimla, Mar 4 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said that the Centre has sanctioned an all women Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) for the state, taking the total number of IRBs in the state to five.

Making a statement in the House, he said he was happy to inform that the Centre has sanctioned an all women IRB for the state and added that this was the second battalion for the state in less then two months.

Mr Dhumal said the Centre has also agreed to bear about 75 per cent about Rs 12.75 crore out of a total of total expenditure to be borne on the setting up of the IRB.

He said the Centre would also bear 50 per cent of the capital expenditure a maximum of up to Rs 15 crore and added that the battalion would be set up at Bilaspur according to his earlier announcements.

The battalion would be trained as per the needs of the country's security requirements and the process to recruit 1,007 people would be completed in two years, he said.

The Chief Minister said he would like to assure the House and the people of the state that he would strive to have another IRB sanctioned for the state, as per the assurance of the Union Home Minister.

The BJP Government had soon after coming to power in the state announced holidays for government women employees on Rakhi and Bhaiya Dooj, besides providing free travelling facilities on those days, he added.

Mr Dhumal said his government has also decided to reserve 50 per cent seats in panchayati raj bodies for women and hoped that this would also pave the way for arriving at a consensus on providing Women Reservation Bill.

Instead of empty rhetoric, the state government has initiated steps to remove discrimination against women and the government's decision to take strict action against any one misbehaving with them in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital and Dr R P Medical College and Hospital was prove of the government's commitment, he added.

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