For The First Time, CRPF To Replace 12,000 Aged Troops With Young Personnel In Chhattisgarh

| April 25 , 2018 , 10:23 IST

To bring agility and renewed strength in the anti-Naxal operations in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas of Chhattisgarh, the CRPF for the first time has decided to replace 12,000 of its aged troops with young and freshly inducted recruits, media reported on Wednesday.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) which is the lead force against LWE in the nation, recently recruited and trained around 20,000 fresh troops and is planning to deploy the 'young blood' in operations that require personnel to be in harsh climatic conditions and out in the jungle for days.

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According to a senior official quoted by PTI, the measure is a part of the forces' strategy to bring renewed vigour in its operations by posting young and motivated personnel and keeping casualty rates low. An analysis of the casualties and injuries suffered by the force in past encounters revealed that a considerable number of the victims were aged troops.

"About 12,000 freshly trained young recruits, in the age group of 18-21 years, will be deployed in Chhattisgarh soon by replacing their older colleagues who are in the age-group of 45-50 years." the official said.

The move, approved by CRPF Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar is aimed at keeping the combat profile of the force young.

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"There can be no doubt that a young age profile for a fighting force will result in better successes. The older age profile of troopers will be taken out from this LWE affected region and deployed in other locations where the battle is not that tough and demanding," the official said.

Another official added that while the first lot of the young troops would go to Chhattisgarh, especially the south Bastar region including the Sukma and Dantewada districts, the next batches of the young troops would be sent to other states affected by LWE such as Jharkhand and Odisha. Some of the younger troops would also be sent to the Kashmir valley where the CRPF is active with the other security forces in the troubled state.

By infusing the younger troops into troubled areas, the paramilitary force can maximise its capabilities taking use of the experience of senior personnel and the vigour of the younger ones.