BSF to induct 30,000 more personnel

 NEW DELHI, Feb 21 – In its efforts to augment the strength of the Border Security Force (BSF), the Centre has approved raising of 29 battalions, comprising around 30,000 personnel, for the country’s frontier guarding force.
Of the 29 battalions, 16 would be deployed in riverine areas along Indo-Bangladesh border while 13 would serve as additional reserve battalions to be deployed on a rotational basis to ensure sufficient training, rest and recuperation for the personnel.
Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken said the new battalions would go a long way in increasing the efficiency and service conditions of BSF personnel.
Attending the Passing Out Parade of a fresh batch of 129 BSF officers at Takenpur in Madhya Pradesh yesterday, Maken said the exercise had begun late last year. Two battalions have already been raised and seven are to be raised during 2010-2011.
With a view to enhancing infrastructure to support the additional battalions, three Frontier Head Quarters and seven Sector Head Quarters will be created for control and command purposes, he said.