Rajnath Singh says Indian borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan to be sealed soon
: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a new roadmap is afoot to strengthen the border security and seal firmly the International Border with Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Gwalior: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said a new roadmap is afoot to strengthen the border security and seal firmly the International Border with Bangladesh and Pakistan.
"The Centre has chalked out a new roadmap to strengthen the border security and plans to seal the International Borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan," Singh said, addressing the Passing Out Parade of the BSF assistant commandants at the BSF Academy at Tekanpur near Gwalior.
The parade also saw the first woman assistant commandant of India's border guarding force, Tanushree Pareek, passing out with Home Minister Singh registering his praise for the BSF's first woman field officer.
An official release here quoted the Union Home Minister Singh as saying that the BSF had changed the rules of engagement on the International Border and now it was a "known force" even in the neighbouring countries.
The BSF built 73 Border Out Posts (BOPs) recently, and three more will be added soon, he added. "We are also planning an effective grievance redressal mechanism in the forces," the Home Minister said.
The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) were setting up such a mechanism, the release added. BSF was the only force after the Indian Army to operate on land, water and air, he said.
It is not only the "first line of defence" but also the "first wall of defence," he added. "Display courage in the face of professional challenges, (show) compassion to the troops under command and (observe) integrity of highest order," Singh said while addressing the passing out Assistant Commandants, according to the release.
Singh said the Sela tunnel will be the world's largest bi-lane tunnel at an altitude of more than 13,000 feet. He also lauded the work done by the BRO while handling this project
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The Centre has increased the powers of the BSF by increasing its jurisdiction in poll-bound Punjab by up to 50 km from the international border