Jalandhar:BSF Punjab Frontier Inspector General (IG) Mukul Goel on Thursday said that the elite para-military force was operating from Punjab government land, hence affecting the upgradation of its Border Out Posts (BOP) at the border.
The IG said that it was must that the land was transferred to the BSF, so that necessary upgradation of infrastructure could be done. “We have taken up issue with Punjab government. Indo-Pak border was the oldest border of BSF established in 1955 but till date we were operating from Punjab government land,” he said.
IG Goel said that a good number of BOPs at the 553-kilometer along the Indo-Pak international border was in need of upgradation and reconstruction but lack of right over the land was making things difficult for them.
In an informal conversation with the media, the IG also mentioned that illegal mining in the area close to the international border was posing a major hinderance to BSF. “Most of the roads were either in bad shape or they were about to cave in. We have raised the issue with the local police and expect some action in this case,” he said.
To a query pertaining to fresh instructions for the BSF personnel on using social media in the wake of dismissal of Bahadur Yadav from service, the IG said, “Following this incident, the BSF top brass has issued fresh guidelines for the constables and the officers on the use of smart phones and social media.”
Goel said that the BSF personnel were strictly asked not to use smart phone at the border. “Mobile tower signals are weak at the border, hence smart phones were not functional in the high altitude areas. However, under the fresh guidelines, BSF Battalion Officers have been entrusted with the responsibility of informing the constables about the need to control social media usage,” he added.
On the issue of Punjab government waging a war against drugs supply, the IG said a coordination meeting in this regard was held with IG Border Range Naunihal Singh on Wednesday night. Another meeting would be held on April 24, where BSF commandants and the Punjab Police would work in close liasioning with each other to break the supply chain.
Further talking about the lack of mobile interceptors, the IG said that they have been writing to the Home Ministry and the final decision lies with them. “If we get mobile interceptors facility, surely the efficiency of BSF would increase at the border,” he maintained.
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