More power to BSF

Government sanctioned 7,000 more troops to BSF to increase vigil on Pakistan, Bangladesh borders.

Defense Opinion

The government of India has come up with a bold move to strengthen the borders of the country. A green signal has been given by the government to the Border Security Force (BSF) to raise six new battalions that would comprise around 7,000 personnel. the BSF is entitled to guard the country’s volatile border with Pakistan.

The decision was pending for few years and taking note of the hostility that has increased along the borders of Bangladesh and Pakistan the green signal was given to BSF (Border Security Force) that needed the new battalions. The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) also sanctioned an amount of Rs 2,090.94 crore as a preliminary fund to the force. The requirement of the new battalion along the Bangladesh border is a must due to the increase in the smuggling and infiltration activities along the India Bangladesh border. The recent threat being the infiltration attempt by the Rohingya Muslims. The BSF (Border Security Force) has made it clear that the troops will be recruited fresh that will be deployed as part of the six battalions. The estimated time for making the battalions action ready over a year’s time, as stated by the sources. Presently each battalion of the BSF (Border Security Force) battalion has over 1,000 jawans and officers. The home ministry, on January 19 approved the proposal of the BSF (Border Security Force) to raise the six fresh battalions. The Home ministry has asked the BSF headquarters to quickly initiate the process so that the battalions can be made operational. The BSF (Border Security Force) has said in an official statement that Four battalions, as per the order, will be raised and used for the task of guarding eight Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) along Bangladesh and Pakistan, while the remaining two will be used for working units in tandem on the ground and help as reinforcement and replacement of the tired troops.

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