NEW DELHI :
UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that all border fencing gaps with neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh will be filled till 2022. Shah made the announcement while addressing the 18th Border Security Force (BSF) Investiture Ceremony. Noting that fencing on border with neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh is significant in view of security, Shah said, “There is no benefit of fencing the border if gaps are not completely filled. I want to ensure that there will be no gap in fencing on border by 2022.” The minister said that all issues related to the fencing project have been resolved and if there is any hurdle found during implementation of the goal in future will also be solved. India has been erecting fences to plug vulnerable and infiltration-prone patches along its sensitive border with Pakistan and Bangladesh for long and there is lot of work that is happening to secure the borders.
The Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) that entails deployment of smart fences, advanced surveillance gadgets and anti-infiltration alarms has been sped up by the border management division under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Border Security Force along the borders with the two nations. While lauding those who had made the ‘supreme sacrifice’ for the country, Shah said, India has a place of pride on the world map because of the BSF and other paramilitary forces. “In erstwhile east Pakistan, human rights were being abused. Women were being tortured. BSF troops played a crucial role at the time. Now, Bangladesh is an independent nation. Rustamji (BSF founder Khusro Faramurz Rustamji) oversaw the operation,” Shah said.
According to a statement issued by the BSF, 27 BSF personnel are being awarded including 14 Police Medals for Gallantry and 13 Police Medals for Meritorious Services. “The Investiture ceremony of BSF is being celebrated since 2003 in the memory of the first Director-General, Padma Vibhushan KF Rustamji, the legendary and one of modern India’s most celebrated Police Officer popularly known as the Founding Father of the BSF,” the BSF said in the statement.