• The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has completed the process of recruitment of 400 tribal youth from Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada, the districts worst affected by left-wing extremism in Chhattisgarh. The recruits will join the basic CRPF training in March, a senior government official said.
  • To encourage recruitment from these districts, the Union Cabinet on June 1, 2022, approved a proposal by the Union Home Ministry to relax the requisite minimum educational qualification to Class 8 from Class 10 for the local youth.
  • The official said the services of the recruits, however, will only be confirmed after they pass Class 10, for which the CRPF will help them register with the National Institute of Open Schooling.
  • The official said that thousands applied for the posts of constable (general duty). “We have kept the identity of the candidates finalised for the posts under wraps for security reasons.
  • The families of many candidates have received threat from Maoist cadres warning them against joining the force,” the official said.
  • This is not the first time such a special recruitment drive was launched in the affected districts.
  • In 2016, the CRPF raised one Bastariya Battalion, comprising 744 Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates from Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Sukma districts of Chhattisgarh.
  • The official said many positions remained vacant as the tribal youth from interior locations of the four districts could not meet the educational requirement.

Relaxed rules

  • “To overcome the lacunae, it was decided to relax the educational qualification for the current recruitment drive,” the official said, adding that verification of character and antecedents of the selected candidates is being done by the State police and is likely to be completed in a few weeks.
  • Another official said that they were ensuring wide publicity of the drive to encourage maximum participation and create awareness of the recruitment rallies.
  • “In addition to information dissemination through radio channels and newspapers, banners were placed at several locations. The CRPF teams made announcements while patrolling the interior areas.
  • The District Reserve Guards (DRG) of Chhattisgarh police and the Bastaria Battalion personnel who are local residents helped spread the word around,” the official said.
  • The recruitment process involved physical and written examinations.
  • At the time of joining, the constables will be entitled to a minimum salary of ₹21,700, dearness and ration allowances and free medical and accommodation facilities


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