The legendary Gurkha regiment that goes back to 1815 draws its troops from Gurkhas of India and Nepal, in an approximate 30:70 ratio. The newly raised Sixth Battalion of the First Gurkha Rifles (6/1GR) commissioned on March 31, 2016 at 14 Gorkha Training Centre, Sabathu has about 700 troops of only locally domiciled Gurkhas. 6/1GR, the first Gurkha battalion to have been raised in 50 years will be known as Kanchi Paltan with Col Avaneesh Chambial as the first Commanding Officer.