Border forces to be off inside safety duties


New Delhi, September 24

To further strengthen the security grid in frontier areas, the government has initiated a plan to gradually withdraw the border-guarding forces (BSF, ITBP and SSB) from some internal security duties.

Officials said such a proposal was first mooted at a meeting of the chiefs of border-guarding forces last year, which was chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Officials said the Ministry of Home Affairs was trying to work out a plan according to which the burden of internal security duties, including during elections, would be largely borne by the CRPF.

Sources said the plan would be first experimented during the Bihar poll and bypolls in some states where the CRPF and police would be deployed in 70:30 ratio. — TNS



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