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  • Date Submitted: 11/23/2010 07:05 AM
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      Though the idea of raising a ‘Force’ under a unified command kept simmering since Chinese aggression, but it could get conceptualised only after the Rann of Kutch invasion by Pak infiltrators which came as a prelude to 1965 Indo-Pak war.   After the 1965 Indo-Pak war concluded, a high level meeting was held between three stalwart of Indian policy making i.e. the then Home Secretary Sh L P Singh, Chief of Army staff Gen J N Chaudhuri and the then Defence Secretary.   The concept of the Border Security Force emerged through a noting initiated by Sh L P Singh to the Govt of India which ran as under :-

    • “I have had a discussion with the COAS and Defence Secretary, and I am putting down below the ideas that have emerged from the discussion :-

    • )All the police forces to be employed on border security duties should come under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.   They should be divided into three or four regional groups each under the command of an officer of the rank of Inspector General of   Police;

    • )There may be a small Central organisation with responsibility for supervision, coordination etc;

    • )The force should not have overaged men, and there should be careful screening of officers.   The officers taken from the police should be all volunteers, and the force should draw upon officers from the Armed Forces to the extent necessary;

    • )Each battalion should have the same strength – about 700 and should be armed and equipped on a standard scale;

    • )All the battalions should be given further training by training teams to be sent out from the Armed Forces;

    • )There should be coordination with Defence at the Central and appropriate lower levels; to facilitate this, there should be a senior military officer at the Defence HQrs for liasion with the head of the Border Security Force;

    • )The State administrations would have to be kept in the picture, and it would be necessary for the...


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