Home Minister, Rajnath tells BSF to Stay Strong on Border

home-minister-rajnath-tells-bsf-to-stay-strong-on-borderHome Minister, Rajnath Singh expresses serious concern regarding the infiltration from Pakistan and calls to install a real-time intelligence sharing grid.

On Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the Border Security Force working and directed to set up an intelligence sharing real-time grid and to seal most vulnerable points along the border of Pakistan.

Top officials attended the meeting and this included Home Ministry and the BSF, guarding Pakistan and Bangladesh borders.

The meeting reviewed the BSF overall functioning, besides gaps and lapses in guarding border and how to plug them was the concern expressed by Home Minister about the infiltration across the LOC and International Border.

As a self-regulatory establishment, BSF Air Wing on the Coast Guard lines was flagged at the meeting. The Civil Aviation and Defence and Coast Guard Ministries have been invited for Comments in this regard.

A high-power committee was headed by Madhukar Gupta, the former Union Home Secretary and he has flagged gaps in fencing and exposure along the Pakistan border. He suggested that vigil must be strengthened on riverine frontiers and technology should be used.

Issues of existing border outposts upgrading on par with composite BOPs, advance fibre reinforced polymer shelters construction on high-altitude, forward-defended localities on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, land acquisition at old norms for newly sanctioned battalions were also discussed.

Of Indo-Pak border 3,323 km long, 1225 km is in J&K(with LoC), 1037 km in Rajasthan, 553 Km in Punjab and 508 km in Gujarat. The committee suggests ways to strengthen security along the border and to address the defenselessness in fencing immediately.