Aiming to strengthen military preparedness along the China border, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has cleared a proposal for raising the second battalion of Army's Arunachal Scouts.
The CCS meeting here, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, cleared proposal to raise the second battalion of Arunachal Scouts to protect country's boundary with China in the northeastern state, sources said.
In Scouts battalions, the officers are from the regular Army whereas the majority of the soldiers are drawn from local areas.
The Arunachal Scouts has been formed on the lines of the Ladkah Scouts which is deployed in high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
During the 25th anniversary celebrations of statehood of Arunachal Pradesh, Defence Minister A K Antony had announced the raising of second battalion of Arunachal Scouts.
He had also said that special emphasis is being given to the operationalisation of Advance Landing Grounds (ALGs) which will be of immense use and importance for the locals and military.
In the backdrop of aggressive modernisation of military infrastructure by China on its side of the boundary, India has taken various steps to strengthen its defences.
These measures include the raising of squadrons of Su-30MKI aircraft in Assam, deployment of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and raising of new army formations.