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12 New Battalions (12,000 Personnel) for ITBP to Guard China Border
Nov 07, 2014

Government is set to clear a proposal to raise a dozen battalions and induct close to 12,000 fresh personnel in the Indo-China border guarding force ITBP to bolster the force's presence along this strategic frontier. An 'in-principle' approval has been granted after sanctioning of 54 new Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force border outposts in Arunachal Pradesh.

In view of these additional posts along the Arunachal border, the ITBP had projected to the government that it would need to raise over a dozen battalions to man these new locations.The raising of battalions would be done in a phased manner and in a time period of over five years.

The Home Ministry has already cleared creation of 54 border posts, so manpower recruitment and training for the task is the immediate necessity. The force is awaiting the final policy approval after which largescale recruitments will be launched.

The mountain-trained force has recently completed a restructuring which led to creation of nine new battalions and 1 sector headquarter keeping in mind ITBP's primary task of guarding the 3,488 km long frontier which largely witnesses adverse climatic conditions and snowy weather.

Apart from setting up of 54 new border outposts, a Rs 175 crore package was also announced for beefing up infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh during the same event. All the new ITBP posts will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh where there are large gaps at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Arunachal Pradesh has a total of 1,126 km of its international border with China, second in length after Jammu and Kashmir which has a 1,597 km long frontier with India's eastern neighbour. At present, the ITBP has 62 (including 4 service battalions) operational battalions which has close to 62,000 personnel and officers in them.

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