Agartala: The Tripura government has received Rs 13.10 crore from the Central government to start the process of recruitment for two new Indian Reserve (IR) battalions of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR), said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking with reporters, Nath said that the Centre has asked the state government to complete the procedure within March and 25% of the funds have been released by the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to recruit 1,343 youths of the state.

“The state government has received Rs 13.10 crore as grant-in-aid to start the recruitment in the two (IR) battalions. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) would conduct the written examination for the recruitment and 1,007 jawans would be recruited in each of the battalion,” Nath said.

He also said that as per the norms and structure of the TSR recruitment, two-thirds of the jawans are to be recruited from within Tripura.

He also said that the ministers in the state cabinet meeting held on Tuesday have decided to send the ‘3rd Battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) to Delhi for a period of three years like other state battalions deployed in this state for discharging duties in the fields of law and order, security of VIPs, etc.

In Tripura, currently there are 12 TSR battalions. TSR battalion was formed to fight the insurgency problems in the state in 1984. “The council of ministers in the cabinet meeting has decided to send a battalion of TSR for deployment in Delhi and they would be changed after a period of every three years,” Nath added.

The 3rd battalion of TSR is currently located in Kochucherra in Dhalai district and would be deployed in Delhi for a period of three years and after that another battalion would be sent.

“The 3rd battalion has a total of 1,007 jawans and in view about the higher costs of living in Delhi, the government had hiked the basic pay from 8% to 24%. The jawans would get special compensatory allowance of Rs 2,700, ration money which has been hiked to Rs 3,500, dress allowance of Rs 20,000 for officers and Rs 10,000 for subordinate ranks. Rs 9,000 on an average would be hiked,” Nath added.

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