LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced setting up of three more all-woman Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) battalions in the state. Also, two new battalions will be raised in Shamli and Bijnor. Speaking at the 75th foundation day of PAC in Mahanagar, the Chief Minister said the process of setting up three all-woman battalions is underway in Mirzapur, Jalaun and Balrampur. However, three battalions are already functional in Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Budaun.
“Any force is known by its valour and the jawans of Uttar Pradesh PAC have shown their courage during the 2001 Parliament attack as well as 2005 attack on Ramjanam Bhoomi in Ayodhya. PAC has worked diligently to face the challenges of internal security not only in UP but also in various states,” the Chief Minister said. The CM said 1262 posts have been sanctioned for each of the three all-woman battalions in Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Budaun. Apart from that, as many as 1029 posts have been sanctioned for State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), 433 for security of Lucknow Metro and 381 for Noida Metro.
Yogi said during the last five and a half years, 1.60 lakh recruitments took place in the police force in the state in a transparent manner while quality training was provided to them and the capacity of training was also doubled.
The government has revived 46 companies that were defunct and appointed more than 41,000 personnel in the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC). With this, the state now has 273 companies of PAC.
The UP government is leaving no stone unturned to strengthen the force and has sanctioned funds from the State Disaster Response Fund for the purchase of motorboats and equipment for 17 flood relief companies of PAC.
A total of 1231 PAC personnel have been posted as pilot drivers in UP 112.
“On the other hand, as many as 645 platoon commanders are receiving the training of traffic sub-inspectors whereas 75 platoon commanders and 301 head constables have been sent for traffic training and thereafter they will be utilised by the civil police for manning traffic in state,” the CM said.
The chief minister added that PAC jawans have been sent on deputation to the SSF, a newly constituted wing for the security of courts and other establishments.
For the security of prisons, 997 personnel from PAC have also been sent on deputation to different jails.
“Every effort is being made to strengthen the PAC so that it can face the upcoming challenges. Modern rifles and bulletproof helmets have been provided to jawans,” he said.

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