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Counter-insurgency school for State
Published on 25 Aug. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Nagaland finally got the Centre’s nod to setup a counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism school. Nagaland and Manipur have been fighting insurgency, demanded setting up of such schools.
According to The Telegraph, West Bengal was also among the list, which was proposed at a meeting of the prime minister last month with the seven worst Maoist-hit states. Nagaland and Manipur like Bengal were not on the initial list, sources said.
After last month’s meeting, it was decided to set up 20 such training schools. Under the reworked register, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, will get four such schools each, the sources said. Assam, Bihar and Orissa have been given three each.
The counter-insurgency schools would be “temporary” - they would be in place until the insurgents in their areas are active - and would function from the facilities of the respective state police, sources said.
The importance of the issue has come into sharper focus in view of union home minister P. Chidambaram’s call to state police forces to recruit rapidly. He wants them to hire up to a lakh personnel by March 2011.
The defence ministry has agreed to provide army officers for training to state police and central paramilitary forces.
“The money will be released soon and training will start with temporary shelters and facilities. The facility will not be like the one in Kanker (Chhattisgarh) but will be temporary in nature,” the source said.

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