Now, temperature-controlled posts for ITBP: Rajnath
Greater Noida: The government is looking into a proposal for 50 temperature-controlled posts along the India-China border for ITBP jawans who guard the Himalayan heights in sub-zero temperatures, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday.
Addressing personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, established on this day 56 years ago to guard India's borders with China, the home minister announced a slew of other measures to boost the capabilities of the force.
These include the construction of 25 border roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
There are 176 border posts along the India-China border, from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to Singh, the government is considering using technology to maintain a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius in the proposed new posts. These will be located in high-altitude areas where ITBP jawans have to bear the brunt of snow blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.
"We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force, and we are working on it," the home minister said.
More posts would ensure that they are manned even in extreme cold.
The government is also considering special lightweight winter clothing for troops deployed above 9,000 feet and an enhanced fleet of snow scooters to patrol the high-altitude areas of the 3,488-km Sino-Indian frontier.Singh lauded the ITBP for introducing Mandarin during basic training of its troops. Knowing the language would help them converse with the Chinese Army during face-offs.
He also asked ITBP officers to take the responsibility of at least one family of those killed in the line of duty.