Counter-insurgency cell has been functioning from Deputy Commissioner’s office
The India Reserve Battalion (IRB) Bijapur, one of four counter-insurgency cells in the State, is on its way to getting it own building. Construction is expected to start in a month.
“After getting approval, the Bijapur IRB set up its office temporarily on the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises. Now that land has been allotted and funds have been granted, we will soon start work to have our permanent building,” said IRB Commander K.M. Gangadharappa.
Since the Union government gave approval in 2010 for setting up the IRBs, the ones in Tumkur and Davangere are yet to commence work. The one at Munirabad in Koppal district too has been functioning on temporary premises.
Explaining the objective of IRB, Cmdr. Gangadharappa said the counter-insurgency cells would have specially trained security personnel, whose job it would be not only to maintain law and order, but also deal with emergency situations such as terrorist attacks.
“Unlike the police who undergo only police training, the staff recruited for IRB will undergo nine months of rigorous training given by the Border Security Force. The trained staff will later serve in the military for three months before coming to the parent organisation (IRB),” he said.
The cells have been set up at places that have good road and railway connectivity, for quick response during emergencies, he added.
As for the Bijapur IRB, Cmdr. Gangadharappa said the State government had granted about 100 acres at Arkeri tanda for the building, which was expected to be ready in two years.
The Centre had earmarked Rs. 34 crore for training and weapons, while recurring expenses such as salary would be taken care of by the State government.
The centre here required 1,007 staff, but had only 320 now. Recruitment was under way. By March-end, the cell would have about 850 staff members.
While urging the government to provide electricity connection, he said he had submitted a Rs. 4.25-crore proposal to the authorities on supplying drinking water for the cell.
Approval was given in 2010 to set up four counter-insurgency cells in the State The Centre had earmarked Rs. 34 crore for training and weapons
Approval was given in 2010 to set up four counter-insurgency cells in the State
The Centre had earmarked Rs. 34 crore for training and weapons