Madhya Pradesh to form its own force for internal security, fight naxalism

Wednesday, 12 August,New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has decided to form a Special Indian Reserve Battalion (SIRB), a force, that can be deployed across the country for maintaining law and order and fighting naxalism. A total of seven companies and 1,107 posts will be created in the special force. “The SIRB is being established in MP to combat the naxalites. Its headquarters will be at village Kanki of Balaghat district, neighbouring naxal-hit Chhattisgarh,” state Home Minister Babulal Gaur told reporters here.

He said the force will be available for other states to help them in maintaining law and order related issues. “In this case, the reimbursement of the expenditure will be done by concerned state government,” Gaur said. The central government will provide Rs 19 crore for arms and ammunition, among others, he said.

Gaur, however, refused to answer questions on Vyapam scam. “The CBI is probing the case. Then matter is also subjudice,” he said. Gaur said his department is also implementing a scheme to ensure on-the-spot-registration of FIR.

A project Dial 100, with total cost of Rs 632.94 crore, will be launched from November 1, this year with an aim to ensure quick response of police to help citizens in time of crisis. Under this scheme, 1,000 special vehicles will be deployed in all the 51 district of Madhya Pradesh. These vehicles will be deployed at the major public places in cities and rural areas, the Home Minister said.

These vehicles will be on the road 24×7. “One vehicle will be given to every police station under the scheme. Thus 40 vehicles each to Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior, 20 each to Jabalpur and Ujjain will be given,” Gaur said. The vehicles will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), first aid kit, accident extraction kit and fire extinguisher, among others, he said.