29 more battalions of BSF to be raised by 2014

New Delhi:  India’s premier paramilitary force —the Border Security Force (BSF)—will be raising 29 more battalions by 2014.

“To strengthen the BSF, the Centre had sanctioned 29 more battalions or the force and for this, the process has already started,’ BSF Director General UK Bansal told reporters here.

This process of raising the battalions will be completed in the next couple of years. These 29 battalions also include reserved battalions for the troops, who are deployed 24X7, to ensure sufficient rest to them, Bansal said.

The BSF, which was raised on December 1, 1965 will be completing 46 years of dedicated service to the nation this year, the DG said while briefing about 46th BSF Raising Day.

He said technology with the force is improving at fast pace.  “The overall security situation on Western Border has improved considerably mainly due to enhanced vigilance by the BSF and using Force Multiplier like RADARs, HHTI and NVD sets,” Bansal added.

Besides border, the BSF also carries anti-insurgency and anti-Naxal operations. The force has been actively carrying anti-insurgency operations in the border areas.
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