Govt considering 50 new ITBP posts along China border

SansadTV Bureau
Greater Noida: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting the 56th Raising Day Parade of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), at 39th Bn, ITBP, Lakhnawali Camp, Surajpur in Greater Noida on Tuesday. PTI Photo / PIB

Greater Noida: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting the 56th Raising Day Parade of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), at 39th Bn, ITBP, Lakhnawali Camp, Surajpur in Greater Noida on Tuesday. PTI Photo / PIB

The government is considering building 50 more ITBP posts along the India-China border, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday while addressing jawans and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police during its 56th Raising Day celebrations.

The Home Minister also called for using technology to ensure a round-the-year temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in all its high-altitude bases.

The new posts include construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh; special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km-long Sino-Indian frontier.

“We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the Home Minister said.

As of today, there are 176 border posts along the India-China border.

The government is considering using technology to ensure a temperature of at least 20 degrees Celsius is maintained in all high-altitude ITBP posts that bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero climate, Singh explained.

Singh also spoke about the housing and infrastructure facilities made available for the ITBP jawans. He said he was not satisfied with it and was “seriously” working to improve them.

The minister said 35 old border posts of the force in very high-altitude areas are being upgraded as “composite” units.

“We are working to enhance road, mobile and satellite connectivity in the border areas for the ITBP,” he said.

He also said that ITBP personnel are now learning Chinese during their basic training in the wake of the frequent face offs between the Indian and Chinese troops.

Lauding the force, Singh asked ITBP officers to take responsibility of at least one family of personnel killed in the line of duty.

(With inputs from PTI)