Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 11
Cracking the whip on chubby personnel, the Border Security Force (BSF) has directed that each one personnel who don’t meet the laid down bodily and medical requirements be posted out to “hard” areas.
Hard areas are area stations or outposts the place the local weather and terrain are harsh and the operational is hard corresponding to border areas or in a counter-insurgency setting. Families aren’t typically permitted to reside in laborious areas.
“As desired by Director General (DG), BSF, all personnel weighing more than 105 kgs be posted out to hard areas and relieved immediately,” orders issued by the DG’s secretariat to the Personnel Directorate at Force Headquarters in New Delhi, on July 10, said.
An inventory of such “overweight” personnel together with remarks of the DG has additionally been despatched to the Personnel Directorate. Being chubby or overweight is a manifestation of weight-reduction plan and way of life, although in some circumstances it could be genetically induced.
Raised in 1965 with 25 battalions, the BSF has emerged as the biggest border guarding pressure on the planet with 186 battalions, together with three catastrophe administration battalions. It is accountable for the peacetime administration of the 4096.70-km border with Bangladesh and 2289.66- km border with Pakistan. The BSF can be deployed alongside a 237.2-km stretch of the Line of Control from Akhnoor to Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir beneath the operational management of the Army.
The BSF’s obligations additionally embody inner safety duties, election duties, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, anti-Naxal operations and help to civil authorities throughout pure calamities.
Like with all uniformed forces, bodily requirements and well being points are a serious concern with the BSF. Given its operation position and nature of duties, excessive ranges of health and coaching are required throughout the pressure’s hierarchy. In addition to bodily health, stress among the many rank and file can be a problem, for which varied mitigating measures have been applied.
Publicly accessible statistics by the Ministry of Home Affairs reveal that the main reason behind loss of life among the many personnel from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), or paramilitary forces as they have been recognized earlier, will not be fight, however ill-health together with cardiac problems which might be obesity-related.
The CAPFs embody border guarding forces such because the BSF, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) and the Shashtra Seema Bal and the non-border guarding forces such because the Central Reserve Police Force and the Central Industrial Security Force.
Recently, the BSF launched a three-week bodily health course for officers of the rank of Commandant and Deputy Inspector General on the BSF Academy at Tekanpur. Earlier, some BSF officers have been additionally despatched to the ITBP Academy in Mussoorie for such coaching capsules.
About two years in the past, the CAPFs had made it obligatory for all safety personnel to endure an annual psychological well being take a look at to find out their well-being and the place required, herald corrective measures based mostly on their evaluation scores.