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12 November – NEW BATTALIONS FOR ITBP

The process to authorise new battalions for the Indo-Tiberan Border Police (ITBP), guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, is in the last stage and the Government is determined to provide transport and logistical support to all security forces.

. The Government had sanctioned 47 new border posts and a dozen staging camps (operational bases for troops undertaking border patrol) to the force.
. The force is expected to get a sanction of seven new battalions comprising about 8,000 personnel for its new border posts that will mainly come up in the Arunachal Pradesh sector of the LAC on India’s eastern flank.
. An ITBP battalion has a strength of just over 1,000 personnel.
. The ‘Operation Snow Leopard’ conducted by the ITBP in Himalayan ranges gave a “big message that India will never compromise on its sovereignty and security.” The force proved it was “second to none” when it came to guarding the country.
. It is a matter of pride that the ITBP won these many bravery medals in one instance for the first time in its history.
. The government was working to plug all gaps along India’s international borders and trying to enhance the capabilities of the security forces and also equip them with better weapons and technology.

ITBP is well known for protecting the motherland in the toughest of terrains and serving the nation during natural calamities.

The about 90,000-personnel strong ITBP was raised on this day in 1962 in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression. 

(GS Paper-3/ Security/ Border Security)

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