New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday announced that the state government will form a Bastar battalion to increase employment opportunities in the region.

“Bastariya Battalion” comprising only tribal men and women will combat Naxal activities in the state.

He said the candidates will be inducted from four districts for the battalion to be raised by Central Reserve Police Force.

The four districts of Chhattisgarh include Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada and Narayanpur.

In July, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) gave the nod for a tribal battalion to be drawn from Bastar to strengthen the security forces against the threat from Maoists in the region.

Last month, more than 70 Maoists surrendered before the district authorities in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area.  Out of those who surrendered, 45 are of the Jan Militia and one a Party Committee President.