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Heavy rush for Mahila IR BN
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Mar. 2009 1:08 AM IST
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Though, the process of recruitment for the exclusive women Armed Police Battalion (Mahila Indian Reserved Battalion) remained stalled due to the ensuing parliamentary election, the state police headquarter had received an overwhelming response from among the educated unemployed women to join the force. The state PHQ is learnt to have received altogether 2319 applications from desiring women candidates for the post of Havildar and ABSI for the proposed Mahila IR Battalion the posts of which were advertised earlier. Confirming this, PRO PHQ and Deputy Inspector General of Police, L Doungel PRO said 728 applications for the total 23 posts of ABSI and 1591 applications for the total 92 posts of Havildars were received by the PHQ. The district SP offices across the state also reported similar overwhelming responses for the post of GD Constables which were distributed to the district levels for recruitment based on tribal compositions. The strength of an armed battalion consists of a total 1017 personnel which includes 623 GD Constables, 55 MT Constables, 93 Non combatant, 59 Signals, 54 GD Naiks, 2 MT Naik, 4 MT Havildar, 82 GD Havildar, 21 ABSI (GD), 1 ABSI (MT), 1 ABSI Chaplain, 7 ABI, 7 Asst Commandant, 7 Deputy Commandant and a Commandant. Apart from this, there are 12 Ministerial Staff which consists of 1 HA, 3 UDA, 3 LDA, 1 Steno, 1 Recorder and 3 Peon. Moreover, there are Wireless staffs consisting of a total 65 personnel including 1 Insp, 2-SI, 26 Hav and 36 constables. In addition, there are seven Medical staffs including 1 MO, 2 Staff Nurses and 4 Pharmacists, which altogether account for a total strength of 1101 personnel for a full set of an armed battalion. Notwithstanding the election code of conduct coming into effect and stalling the process of recruitment, PHQ is said to be readying itself to approach the state government to write to the Election Commission to allow the state to resume with the recruitment process for the lone Mahila Bn on the ground that the state has only one Parliamentary Constituency. Moreover, the process of recruitment was started before the declaration of the election.

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