Boost for ITBP as govt set to sanction major manpower, infrastructure projects along China border

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 13, 2018 9:06:14 pm

The ITBP is about 90,000 personnel strong force as of now and its border posts range from a height of 9,000 to over 14,000 feet. (Picture source: Twitter)

Making the final policy push, the government has decided to sanction a major manpower and infrastructure boost to the ITBP in the form of nine new battalions, a strategic sector headquarter on the front, a dozen patrol camps and 47 new BoPs to be raised along the China border over the next few years.

As per an official note accessed by PTI, the Union Home Ministry last month held a meeting for the creation of a number of operational border security requirements for the force that is mandated to guard the 3,488-km long Sino-India frontier.

As per the proposal, the Home Ministry has accorded an in-principle approval to raise 9 new battalions (comprising about 9,000 personnel), a sector headquarter on the China border in a north east state, 47 new border outposts (BoPs),  12 ‘staging camps’ and augmenting the troops’ strength at 18 BoPs in the Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh region.

PTI had first reported in January that the government is planning to raise 15 new battalions in the country’s two important border guarding forces to fortify defence along the…

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