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NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE

Union home minister Rajnath Singh reviews working of SSB
 
Union home minister Rajnath Singh reviews working of SSB

As a part of on-going review of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) the Union home minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the work and activities of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) on October 19. This meeting was attended by minister of state (Home) Kiren Rijiju, home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, secretary (Border Management) Susheel Kumar, director general SSB Archana Ramasundaram, addl. director general SSB S.S. Deswal and senior officers of Union home ministry and SSB. Director General SSB gave a detailed presentation on the working and operational preparedness, deployment, administration and logistics and future plans of SSB in the meeting.

Discussing the recent attack by militants on SSB troops in Jakura Srinagar, Kashmir, the Union home minister appreciated the retaliatory efforts made by SSB jawans and directed to provide all necessary support in terms of providing vehicles, assault weapons, clothing etc, on priority to the troops of SSB deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. It is pertinent to say that six battalions of SSB are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir since 2013 and seven battalions are also involved in anti–Left Wing Extremism (LWE) operations in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.

Singh said a contingent of SSB will soon be deployed in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Director General, SSB informed that the SSB has already constituted 140 personnel Police Unit for the purpose. She also informed that SSB is the first CAPF to induct women combatised mahila personnel. The force is ready to depute one female formed unit for overseas deployment under the UN Peacekeeping Operations.

The minister appreciated the works and activities of SSB in the LWE-affected areas and in Jammu and Kashmir. He applauded the achievements of SSB in preventing Naxal activities and the alertness with which SSB is performing its duties in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also discussed the security arrangements of Indo-Nepal border and directed that intensive vigil should be maintained on Indo-Nepal border as terrorists may take advantage of the porous border.

 
 


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