New Delhi, Dec 1: The sentinels of Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday celebrated its 54th Raising Day at Chhawala camp.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was the chief guest and he inspected the parade and took the salute.
On this occasion, BSF DG Rajni Kant Mishra briefly described the history of the force and said that over a period of time, with 25 battalions in the beginning, it has been transformed into a 192 battalion multi- dimensional strong border force.
He also assured the nation that they will maintain the sanctity of the boundaries in every situation even if they have to scarify our lives in this sacred task.
The Minister laid wreath at martyr’s memorial in respect of the soldiers who made supreme scarifies while guarding the nation.
In his address, Mr Rijiju lauded the efforts of BSF in border management, disaster relief operations, peacekeeping, organ donation and environment protection.
“Your sacrifices are incredible and this is a source of inspiration for the whole nation”, he said.
“BSF has taken many initiatives for better utilisation of human resources in border management”, he added.
“The country is heading towards digitalization and according to the requirement, everything is being digitized”, the Minister said.
He also presented medals and awards to BSF officials for their outstanding contributions.
Constituted on December 1,1965, the Border Security Force is a largest border guarding force in the world with 2.60 lakh personnel. This force has expertise in not only the border guarding but well versed in dispensing duty in internal security too.
Equipped with water and air wings, the BSF has its own artillery unit. It has a camel unit for guarding the hostile areas of Rann of Kutch desert in Rajasthan on western border. (UNI)