In a big step to tackle terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Director-General of J&K Police, Dilbag Singh has ordered the filling up of all vacant positions of Special Police Officers (SPOs) engaged with the Village Defence Committees.
The decision has been taken to fully re-active the Village Defence Committees as terror threat looms in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The Village Defence Committees were first set up in the Doda region in the mid-1990s, following which they were raised in other districts of the erstwhile state.
As per the reports of District Superintendents of Police of Jammu Zone, consequent upon the dis-engagement of VDC SPOs for various reasons, 732 vacancies have accrued in Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Doda, Kishtwar, Reasi and Ramban districts.
Doda district has the highest number of vacancies, which is 335. It is followed by Kishtwar with 180 vacancies, Reasi (94), Ramban (44), Samba (32), Kathua (31) and Udhampur (16).
The aim of the VDCs is to ensure that locals can counter-terrorism in the region. This also comes as terror activities in the Union Territory have increased in recent months. Therefore the vacant posts have to be filled up by August 15.