News Desk, Amar Ujala, Greater Noida
Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Sunday, 24 October 2021 04:21 PM IST Updated
In the wake of the long-running border dispute between India and China, the strength of one of the forces responsible for the security of this border will soon increase. Union Home Affairs Minister Nithyananda Roy said on Sunday that new battalions would be gifted to ITBP soon.
Union Minister Nithyanand Roy
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Roy was speaking at the ITBP 60th Rising Day celebrations, which were trained in mountain battles. He said the center approved 47 new border posts and a dozen camps (operational bases for border patrol forces) last year. “Negotiations are in the final stages to provide manpower and battalions for the ITBP,” the Union Minister said.
According to the news agency PTI, the ITBP will soon approve seven new battalions with a staff of nearly eight thousand for its new border posts, officials said. According to reports, these new battalions of ITBP will be mainly deployed in LAC’s Arunachal Pradesh sector on the eastern side of India.
The proposal to allow new ITBP battalions as well as to set up sector headquarters in the northeast has been under consideration by the Union Home Ministry for more than two years, officials said. But, with the approval of new border posts and camp management last year, it is now expected that the proposal will be cleared soon.
Roy lauded the ITBP for its bravery and appropriate response to its rivals during the clashes between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh in May-June last year. In addition, the Union Minister awarded medals to 20 officers and ITBP employees for displaying their unparalleled courage and bravery during times of conflict.