Union home minister Rajnath Singh attended the 56th Raising Day Parade of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at 39th Bn, ITBP, Lakhnawali Camp, Surajpur, Greater Noida on October 24. The MoS for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma, DG, ITBP R K Pachnanda and senior officers were also present on the occasion. Rajnath Singh took the salute and inspected the Raising Day Parade. Led by Mahila contingent, Commando, Skiing, Mountaineering, Anti-Naxal Operation, paratroopers, mounted column, and different frontier contingents, the parade showcased all aspects of the Force. Recently inducted Snow Scooters, different types of All Terrain Vehicles and high end SUVs, Pol Net etc were included in the march past for the first time.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the ITBP jawans have made supreme sacrifices while protecting the border in difficult circumstances at altitudes ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,000 feet. He said that ITBP not only protects Indo-China Border, but also plays responsible role in country’s internal security. The ITBP jawans are deployed in Northeast and Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas also, he added.
Singh said that he has himself visited the BoPs at Indo-China Border and seen how the ITBP jawans perform their duties under tough conditions. He said that he has recently visited the BoPs of Rimkhim, Mana and Lapthal in Uttarakhand and experienced the lives of ITBP jawans deployed there. He further said that the ministry for home affairs has received a proposal for 50 new BoPs and it will be considered.
On this occasion, six personnel were conferred with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service while 26 personnel were conferred with Police Medal for Meritorious Service.