BSF RAISING DAY

CONTEXT:

56 ‘Raising Day’ event of the Border Security Force (BSF) was held on 1 December 2020 in New Delhi.

MAIN POINTS:

  • The BSF was raised in 1965 after the India-Pakistan war.
  • It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of Union of India under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Other Central Armed Police Forces are

  1. Assam Rifles (AR), Indo-Tibetan
  2. Border Police (ITBP),
  3. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),
  4. Central Reserve
  5. Police Force (CRPF),
  6. National Security Guards (NSG)
  7. Sashastra Seema Bal(SSB).

KEY POINTS:

  • The 2.65-lakh force is deployed along the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders.
  • It is deployed on Indo-Pakistan International Border, Indo- Bangladesh International Border, Line of Control (LoC) along with Indian Army and in Anti-Naxal Operations.
  • It has an air wing, marine wing, an artillery regiment, and commando units.
  • BSF has been defending Sir Creak in Arabian Sea and Sundarban delta in the Bay of Bengal with its state of art fleet of Water Crafts.
  • BSF has an instrumental role in helping state administration in maintaining Law and Order and conduct of peaceful election.
  • BSF has been crusading against natural calamity to save precious human lives as and when warranted.
  • It contributes dedicated services to the UN peacekeeping Mission by sending a large contingent of its trained manpower every year.
  • It has been termed as the First Line of Defence of Indian Territories.

SOURCE: PIB

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