Shailesh Kumar/ National Defence Bureau,
Greater Noida, 24 October 2019
58th Raising Day Parade of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) held today at 39th Bn, ITBP, Greater Noida. Sh. G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union MoS (Home) took the salute. Shri Reddy paid homage to ITBP martyrs and conveyed greetings to all Force personnel on the auspicious day and acknowledged the services rendered by the ITBP which is working with zeal and professionalism in uncongenial & extreme conditions on the mountainous borders of the country.
The Parade comprised of all Frontier Contingents of the Force including by Mahila, Commando, Skiing, mountaineering and Karate, paratroopers’ contingents besides the dog squad & mounted columns. The parade showcased different aspects of the Force including recently included machines and equipment; all terrain vehicles, different high end SUVs, Pol Net, communication and surveillance equipment etc. were also included in the march past. Padma Shree and Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awardee of the Force were the special attraction in the Parade.
Sh. S. S. Deswal, DG ITBP welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and elaborated upon various achievements of the Force over the years.
06 Police medal for Gallantry, 06 President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service, 24 Police medals for Meritorious Service and 08 Union Home Minister’s Medal for excellence in Police Training were conferred to ITBP personnel by the Hon’ble Chief Guest.
STS, Shivpuri (MP) was awarded the Best Training Centre Trophy whereas 38th Battalion, Rajnandgaon was awarded the Swachhta Trophy.
13th Battalion, Lingdum, Sikkim was awarded the Best Border Battalion Trophy, 26th Battalion, Ludhiana received the Best Non Border Battalion Trophy while 38th Battalion, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh received the Best ANO Battalion Trophy for the year 2019.
An ITBP Annual Special souvenir containing highlights of the achievements of the Force during the year was also released.
Demonstrations of Mahila Pipe Band, Ascending & Descending Techniques & Artificial Wall, Malkham and Janbaaz motor cyclists were shown.
Raised in 1962, the ITBP primarily guards 3488 KMs long borders in the Himalayas at the BOPs located at altitudes ranging from 3K to 18.8 K ft. Apart from border guarding, the Force is also deployed for Anti Naxal operations and other Internal Security duties.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.