‘It Is Our Continued Endeavour to Improve Connectivity to the BOPs As Well As Mobility of
  Our Men’
  Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Ranjit Sinha
Director General, Indo Tibetan Border Police, Ranjit Sinha

Our current strength is roughly 55,000 people, inclusive of all ranks. We are in an expansion mode now, with 13 more battalions being sanctioned by the ministry. Out of these, four are currently being raised. The remaining will be raised in financial year 2013-14 and 2014-15. The expansion also involves raising of new training infrastructure as the recruits have to undergo both — the basic as well as the specialised training, for high altitude operations. To meet this growing requirement, we are in the process of establishing nine training institutions, in addition to the four we already have. In addition to these, we are also setting up a few specialised training centres, for instance, for jungle warfare.

ITBP is also deployed in Left-Wing Extremism areas for which it needs training to operate in forested areas.

No, it is a formal, permanent role. We have been told that some number of ITBP will be deployed on internal security duties. This is the reason we want to train our men in jungle warfare and have established a centre to do so. At the moment, five ITBP battalions have been deployed for internal security. I do not know what the demands of government of India are likely to be in the future.
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