Between new raisings, modernisation and growing threats, Central Armed Police Forces have a tough balancing act to perform
 
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Needle in the Haystack

Between new raisings, modernisation and growing threats, Central Armed Police Forces have a tough balancing act to perform

Dilip Kumar Mekala
 

The last few months have been extremely significant for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). While on one hand, the attacks on security establishments exposed the vulnerabilities of the Indian armed forces, on the other there has been a strong push from the government to ensure the forces are strengthened. Several review meetings were conducted in the home ministry to discuss the reforms that have been long delayed.

Some of the steps undertaken by the ministry of home affairs (MHA) in recent times include resource allocation for new inductions, sealing the International Border (IB) between India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh, construction of border along parts of Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders, strengthening of Border Security Force’s (BSF’s) air wing to cater to all the CAPF, and fast-tracking procurements. Apart from this, the government has also focussed on resolving several issues related to cadre review and promotions of officers and men.

ITBP
On a bright sunny morning of March 10, the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) headquarters was in a celebratory mood. The reason? Twenty-five personnel from the ITBP were setting out on an ambitious expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh tallest peak located in Nepal. As a matter of fact, the force launches one major mountaineering expedition every year. It was Mount Mukut last year but it was not as challenging as the current expedition. “ITBP-‘ians’ are fond of mountaineering. We like to keep on climbing”, said Director General (DG) Krishna Chaudhary who flagged off the event along with home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. DG, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Archana Ramasundaram and DG, BSF K.K. Sharma also participated in the event.

ITBP troops on a patrol mission along Indo-China border
ITBP troops on a patrol mission along Indo-China border

 
 
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