Ever since their acclaimed performance at Delhi during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, demand for the services of Naga Mahila IR personnel from Nagaland has increased. Their performance of duty during the Commonwealth Games had in fact, drawn the attention of the media, and even the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram was deeply impressed.
When Chidambaram interacted with Naga Mahila IR troopers at Delhi after the Games, he inquired on their experience and interests. The Commandant of the battalion had requested the Home Minister to provide AK-47 series. The Commandant explained that considering the physical height of the personnel, the length of SLRs they were assigned with were too long for them.
According to NEPS, Nagaland DGP K. Kire said “We have already submitted a proposal in this regard...we haven’t heard any from them so far till date.”
Disclosing that there has been demand for services of the Naga Mahila troopers outside the state, the police chief said even in the past, the central Ministry of Home Affairs demanded their deployment to Bihar for election duty.
Kire, however, stated that they were considering sending Naga Mahila IR personnel to Gujarat as part of national integration program. Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, during the chief ministers’ internal security meeting, mooted the idea of deployment of about 500 police personnel from the Northeast to his state as part of national integration program.
The deployment period would be for two years and their posting would be in four major cities of Gujarat, the DGP said, adding that the personnel would be assigned for traffic or policing duties, besides other law and order duties.
With regard to the sending Naga Mahila IR troopers as part of the UN Mission, the DGP explained the idea came up when Shivraj Patil was the Union Home Minister.
The raising of a Mahila IR Battalion in Nagaland sufaced when Patil was the Union Home Minister and he told them that after training, they could think of sending them as part of the UN Mission, Kire said.