Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that indigenously made anti-drone technology would soon be available to tackle the challenges faced by drones in areas bordering Pakistan.
Mr. Shah was speaking at the 56th Raising Day Parade of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Jaisalmer on Sunday. This is the first time that the Raising Day Parade of the border guarding force has been held outside Delhi.
Mr. Shah also invoked the surgical strike operation after the 2016 Uri terror attack and the Balakot air strike post Pulwama attack in 2019 to drive the point that the Government was serious about national security.
Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh Shafeenul Islam was among the special invitees present on the occasion.
Earlier, BSF Director General Pankaj Kumar Singh had said that this year, at least 67 drones had been sighted along the Pakistan border.
The BSF is deployed along 6,386.36 km of the International Border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Mr. Shah asked the force personnel to ensure that people living in border areas had access to electricity, gas connections and other amenities.
He said that the Government would leave no stone unturned to provide the best technological equipment and infrastructure facilities to ensure that the operational challenges arising due to the present day geo-political scenario are fully met. Stating that all welfare requirements of troops will be accorded top priority, he elucidated the various programmes initiated by the Government to ensure that all force personnel and their families are cared for.
He added that 50,000 personnel had been recruited and their training was going on.