Guarding India since 1965
Established on December 1, 1965, the BSF is a paramilitary force responsible for guarding India’s land border during peace time and preventing transnational crime.
BSF currently stands as the world’s largest border guarding force with 186 battalions and 2.57 lakh personnel including an expanding air wing, marine wing, artillery regiments, and commando units.
Runs under Home Ministry
BSF is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs and is one of many law enforcement agency of India. The force’s motto is ‘Duty Unto Death’.
Battling the odds
The BSF has a separate camel and dog wing that lets them expand their reach into varied terrain such as the India-Pakistan border in the Rann of Kutch.
This area comes with its own problems such as poisonous snakes and quicksands. There have been incidents of animals having got trapped in quicksands in the past. Keeping this in mind, the BSF personnel look out for each other, especially when darkness descends in the area.
BSF is the only Central Armed Police force to have its own Air Wing, Marine Wing and artillery regiments, which support the General Duty Battalions in their operations. The force also maintains a Tear Smoke Unit (TSU), which is unique in India. The TSU is responsible for producing tear gas munitions required for the Anti-Riot Forces. It also exports a substantial quantity to other countries.
Women personnel in BSF
The BSF has now deployed its first batch of women personnel at the border to carry out regular frisking of women as well as other duties performed by their male counterparts, including guarding the border. Over 100 women have been deployed on the highly volatile Indo-Pak border, while around 60 will be deployed on the Indo-Bangla border. In total, 595 women constables will be deployed on the border in different phases.
Proud of BSF: PM Modi
Greeting BSF personnel and their families on Raising Day, PM Narendra Modi said: “BSF exemplifies fortitude and impeccable service to our nation.
“They protect us from adversity, be it on the borders as well as in times of natural disasters and accidents. We are proud of BSF.”
Source : Defencenews.