Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Birthday BSF

Neelam Mathews
Dec 1 2013
India's Border Security Force enters its 49th year today.

The last year has been full of challenges says the Director General, Subhash Joshi.

The govt has sanctioned a 5 year modernization plan worth approx Rs 4200 crores alongwith infrastructure and new units.

It is raising 3 battalions this year and air and water wings being upgraded. 

Biggest challenge for the BSF is border infiltrations.To a query whether forthcoming elections would pose a problem on borders, he said fencing on the western border was almost complete and on the Bangladesh border some issues on the fencing re landscape were involved. BSF is also building an embankment , "an old project",  a 179-km stretch of the border in Jammu to prevent ceasefire violations by Pakistan. "It was felt we need better defenses in this sector...the land is being acquired...when handed to BSF, the construction agency will be requested..., " said Joshi. "We were told it will not involve too much of relocation (of villages)...we will first start a pilot project.." said Joshi.

Joshi said "we have all kinds of surveillance a pilot project we have acquired a Netra but are in the process of putting the system in place...we are in touch for aerostats, but it will take some time."

BSF was recently informed the Mynamar border would be guarded by the BSF. "We are working on final details of a proposal for 41 batallions." after Cabinet approval, modalities will have to be done. "In our estimate it should take five years."

Watch this space on details on the BSF Air Wing Plans!

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