"A large number of TA resources are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for supporting the Army in combating insurgency and terrorism in the state," defence spokesman, Col S D Goswami said, adding that TA was celebrating its 66th raising day today.

He said amongst the TA battalions deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, include 'Home and Hearth' units which were raised on the 'sons of soil' concept and have 100 percent personnel from Jammu and Kashmir only.

A total number of sikhs Home and Hearth battalions, sikhs infantry TA battalions and many infantry TA companies from other battalions of TA are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

"Some new units of TA have also been raised recently, it was heartening to see the overwhelming response of the youth from the state who came forward for the recruitment rallies," he add.

The spokesperson stated that a total number of 15 recruitment rallies were conducted this year and more are planned in the coming days.

"A total of 1,758 youths from the state were selected during this year alone," Col Goswami said. Throwing light on the history of TA which is also known as 'citizen's army', he added that it was raised on October 9, 1949 by Rajgopalachari, the first Indian Governor General of India.

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