National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 11 August 2017
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has lauded the Border Security Force (BSF) for motivating their personnel towards organ donation. Addressing a function here today, Rijiju said the BSF personnel are not only ready to sacrifice their lives in the line of duty by valiantly guarding our frontiers, but now have scaled greater heights in life saving efforts by pledging organ donation.
Border Security Force personnel today reaffirmed to dedicate their lives to the country and also took pledge to donate their organs and tissues after death in a ceremony attended by Kiran Rijiju, MoS Home. BSF DG KK Sharma on occasion of World Organ Donation Day administered the pledge to the BSF men; Interestingly, Kiran Rijiju also followed the pledge.
Rijiju mentioned that Director General BSF, K K Sharma has led by example as he and his family have taken pledge as organ donors. He said the number of organ donor pledge takers from the BSF has risen sharply from 1,100 to more than 19,000 now. BSF is a trend setter and by BSF’s initiative, misconceptions about organ donation will be alleviated, he added
BSF celebrated World Organ Donation day at BSF facility at Nizamuddin in New Delhi in collaboration with NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation) in the presence of officials from Ministry of Health.
Sharma reiterated BSF’s commitment for shouldering social responsibilities of Nation Building. He said that around twenty thousand BSF men and their families have already pledged for organ donation and they are now registered with NOTTO. This number will be increasing day by day.
BSF men besides dedicating their life for nation, are always eager to contribute for social cause. BSF has started many social drives like running skill development programmes for Divyang, recently signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for skill development for border population, helping CRY (Child Rights and You), carrying drug de-addiction campaign, plantation drives for environment protection and the organ donation drives. To commemorate the World Organ Donation Day, BSF has organised a function in conjunction with NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation).
Border Security Force – India’s First Line of Defence, “guards Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh border. BSF is also known as world largest border guarding force with its manpower of around 2.65 lakh. With its immaculate border management duties, BSF has become a brand for professionalism for all occasions, be it internal security duties, general elections or any disaster response.
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