The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that the ministry has decided to pay Rs 4,500 every month to the heads or the coordinators of the Village Defence Groups (VDGs) set up in the “more vulnerable areas of Jammu and Kashmir” and Rs 4,000 to each member of the VDGs.
Sharing details of terrorist-initiated incidents, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said 228 incidents were reported in 2018, 153 in 2019, 126 in 2020, 129 in 2021 and 125 in 2022. “As many as 257 terrorists were killed in 2018, 157 in 2019, 221 in 2020, 180 in 2021 and 187 in the last year,” Rai said.
The VDCs were formed in the erstwhile Doda district (now in Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts) in the mid-1990s as a force multiplier against militant attacks. The then Jammu and Kashmir administration had decided to provide residents of the remote hilly villages with weapons and give them arms training to defend themselves.
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