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The 32nd batch of Sub-Inspectors of Central Industrial Security Force marching during passing out parade at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
The 32nd batch of Sub-Inspectors of Central Industrial Security Force marching during passing out parade at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Centre to spend Rs. 1,800 crore in the next five years for the purpose

Strengthen the security along the country’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh

NISA may consider imparting training to private security personnel, says the BSF DG

HYDERABAD: The Government of India would spend Rs. 1,800 crore in the next five years to raise 509 new outposts of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the country’s border, the BSF DG, M.L. Kumawat, told newsmen here on Wednesday.

He was interacting with media persons after attending the passing out parade of the Central Industrial Security Force’s 32nd batch of Sub-Inspectors comprising 307 cadets at National Industrial Security Academy. The batch included 75 women officers.

Along with the new outposts, 29 new battalions and nine sectors, each headed by an officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General, would also be created. Efforts were on to check infiltration into the country through porous points of the border by installing more floodlights and watchtowers.

The new outposts would help strengthen the security along the country’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh, especially on the north-eastern side. Fencing of the border with Bangladesh was on and hopefully would be completed in a couple of years, he added.

Vigil stepped up

Mr. Kumawat said the BSF men and officers had been instructed to step up vigil and catch if any of the Bangladesh Riffles men, who recently revolted against their higher-ups and escaped with firearms, tried to enter India. “They will be detained, disarmed and handed over to Bangladesh if they try to sneak into India,” he said.

He felt that the national police university, for which the Union government had already agreed in principle and a draft report had been prepared, was the need of the hour. With terrorists hurling new challenges across the globe, like the recent attack on Sri Lankan cricket players, there was a need for police officers to specialise in security-related subjects like counter-intelligence, investigation, cyber crimes and tackling terrorists.

Research activity

While institutions like NISA impart field-level training, the proposed national police university would act as a centre facilitating research in police sciences and related disciplines. While the State Governments of Punjab and Gujarat decided to set up similar universities on their own, their counter parts in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh too are actively considering the idea. The BSF DG remarked that there was high demand for private security personnel across the country and the NISA might consider imparting training to them. He congratulated the 32nd batch CISF cadets for successfully completing the training. NISA Director, Anurag Sharma, welcomed the gathering.


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