GUWAHATI, Dec 1 – As the Border Security Force (BSF), the largest border guarding force of the world, completes 49 years of its existence on December 1, the Guwahati Frontier of the BSF would be celebrating the occasion with a plethora of activities in the run up to its golden jubilee in 2015.
Established on December 1, 1965 the BSF is entrusted with guarding India’s land border during peace time and preventing transnational crimes. The golden jubilee of the BSF would be celebrated with great pomp and show across the country. The Guwahati Frontier of the BSF was raised from the erstwhile Assam and Meghalaya Frontier, on October 1, 2011.
Since the year 2015 will be the golden jubilee year for BSF, several programmes have already been planned on the border and in the headquarters. A few of these initiatives are: organising of civic action programmes, free medical camps on the border, blood donation camps, mass plantation of saplings to save the environment, free training to youths belonging to border belt for various jobs, among others.
On the operational front, BSF battalions under Guwahati Frontier have been guarding the border effectively and have made efforts to curb trans-border crimes, infiltration and border violations throughout the year.
“Some of our visible achievements are seizure of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) to the tune of Rs 2, 57,500 on four different occasions, seizure of 12,857 bottles of Phensedyl, 728.35 Kgs of Ganja, 7,471 cattle-heads, apprehension of 138 border criminals and illegal immigrants including 62 Indian nationals and 76 Bangladeshis,” said a press statement from the BSF.
“In order to minimise or stop trans-border smuggling, the Guwahati Frontier, BSF in collaboration with CPWD had undertaken the construction of IBB fence in which 285.908 km out of the sanctioned 317.032 km have already been completed and only 23.822 km are left to be fenced, 1.482 km fencing work is in progress,” it added.
On December 1, 2014, a day-long programme was organised at Patgaon on the occasion of Raising Day on the BSF campus in which all ranks of Frontier and Sector headquarters took part with great zeal and enthusiasm. The programme started with several sports events and was inaugurated by SK Srivastava, Inspector General of Guwahati Frontier.
Besides, blood donation camp was organized in the campus in collaboration with blood bank of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where 84 BSF and NDRF personnel donated blood during the camp.
In the evening, a cultural programme was organised in which the children and wives of BSF personnel participated. While giving away the prizes to the winners of various sports events and cultural programme, the Inspector General lauded the efforts of all the officers and men who had put in their best to make the function a gala event.