Thursday, February 29, 2024

Centre may hand over Myanmar border to BSF

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New Delhi:  The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is expected to take up on Thursday the proposal of handing over security duties of the Myanmar border to BSF replacing Assam Rifles.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has prepared an exhaustive plan in this regard and according to the blueprint, Border Security Force (BSF) will require 41 battalions (about 41,000 personnel) and an estimated expenditure of about Rs 5,000 crore to deploy its troops along the 1,640 km-long border, most parts of which have dense forests making the frontier porous and vulnerable.
The CCS is the country’s highest decision-making body on security-related matters.
A decision to hand over security duties on this border is pending for many years after the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Kargil advocated its ‘one border, one force’ theory.
The proposal entails the country’s second largest paramilitary force BSF to create posts right on the border in an area marked by dense forests and difficult terrain. (PTI)

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