‘Human trafficking a major concern for SSB’
Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Director General Archana Ramasundaram said that human trafficking had been a big concern for SSB.
Interacting with media persons here on the 53rd Raising Day of the force on December 19, Ramasundaram stated about the steps taken by SSB in border management and challenges to manage the friendly borders of the country.
“Human trafficking has been a big concern for SSB. Force is laying special emphasis to curb & check human trafficking on Indo-Nepal & Indo-Bhutan border. During the year SSB rescued 503 victims of human trafficking and arrested 147 human traffickers,” she said.
She also went on to say drug peddling has also been an area of concern for the SSB.
Speaking about the impact of demonetisation on Indo-Nepal border, she said that as such there was no problem faced by the Jawans deployed on the border. However Deepak Kumar, IG (Ops & Int.) said that SSB has seized Rs.55 lakhs old currency after note ban. She said that SSB works not only for security of the border but also for the people in the areas affected with left wing extremism and counter-insurgency. SSB also took several initiatives to implement the flag ship schemes of the Central Government, like Jan-Dhan Yojana.
SSB has also facilitated banks in opening 3,69,821 accounts of the poor people, 309 schools have been adopted for construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and conducting various income generating trainings specially for the girls & women under Beti Bacho-Beti Padhao Programme.