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Identify issues affecting border security, says Shah

Directs director generals of border forces to submit detailed action plan.

ET Bureau|
Oct 05, 2019, 08.00 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday directed the border guarding forces to identify issues affecting the security of the forward locations and submit detailed action plan report.

He also stressed on Centre’s policy of “zero tolerance” towards terrorism, insurgency, corruption as well as smuggling of weapons, narcotics and cattle. Shah directed the senior officers to take stringent measures against offenders.

The issues were discussed at a high-level meeting, chaired by Shah, to review the current status of border security and measures to be taken to further strengthen it, a home ministry statement said. The home minister directed the director generals of the border guarding forces to identify all issues affecting border security and submit a detailed action plan to the home ministry in this regard, it said.

The minister also stressed that it must be ensured that best facilities for housing, health and training are available to the security personnel who are posted in the border areas. “We must keep in mind that 130 crore countrymen are safe because of these security personnel on the border,” he said.

The meeting was attended by Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, directors general of Border Security Force (BSF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Assam Rifles, along with other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The BSF guards Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders, the SSB protects India-Bhutan and India-Nepal borders, the ITBP guards Sino-Indian border and the Assam Rifles guards the Indo-Myanmar border.
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