The Assam Rifles, a Central Paramilitary Force that guards India’s border with Myanmar, will soon have presence in Jammu and Kashmir as the Government has approved conversion and placement of one of its battalion into the NDRF.
A recent Government order issued by the Union Home Ministry said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will have four new battalions that will be based in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the national capital region.
The order, accessed by PTI, said the new battalions of the NDRF will be drawn from the Assam Rifles (location in J-K), the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) and the Border Security Force (Delhi-NCR region).
The Assam Rifles draws its strength of officers from the Army and functions under the command of the Union Home Ministry.
Established in 1835 as a militia called the ‘Cachar Levy’, the paramilitary force today has a strength of about 47,000 personnel.