The Jammu and Kashmir Police have inducted 64 new members in the Village Defence Committees (VDCs) and replaced 469 members in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district.
The senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kishtwar, Shakti Kumar Pathak, told Greater Kashmir: “Keeping in view the present security scenario in Kishtwar town and the over stay of SPOs in District Kishtwar, a fresh overhauling is being done. A process to replace 352 VDC members and 117 VDC SPOs who are above the age of 60 years have been set in motion.
“Recently, 64 new members of VDCs have also been inducted in the vicinity of Kishtwar town keeping in view of the security scenario and threat perception.”
Further, after the recently held SPOs recruitment in district Kishtwar, a list of 85 meritorious candidates has been sent to the Police headquarter for final approval.
VDCs were created in J&K during Governor’s rule in 1995 and civilians were provided with weapons to counter militants in erstwhile Doda district, now Chenab valley.
The then Additional Chief Secretary (Home) accorded sanctioned to their creation (Order No. 293-of 1995) for “fighting militancy”.
“The scheme is not only meant to be an exercise inculcating an attitude of self-help in security matters amongst the local population, the aim is also to supplement the ongoing efforts of the security forces in dealing with the militancy, acts of subversion and trans-border movements,” the order said.