Home Minister Exhorts SSB to Be Vigilant on Indo Nepal/Bhutan Border
Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah said that Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) must ensure that India’s borders with friendly neighbours are not misused for activities against the country, while seeing to it that the people living in border areas are not adversely affected.
He said that India has an open border of around 2,450 kilometres with neighbouring countries Nepal and Bhutan and SSB has performed a good job in ensuring that not a single infiltrator sneaked into our country.
While the main threat from Nepal is that of movement of Pakistan supported Lashkar and other terrorist groups, Bhutan has had hideouts of groups as the NDFB S in the past. Kokrajhar district in Assam borders Bhutan and Sonitpur shares a border with Arunachal Pradesh that borders Bhutan.
NDFB (Songbijit) chief, I.K. Songbijit is based in Myanmar and “commander-in-chief” G. Bidai has an influence along the India-Bhutan border said the report. The Indo-Bhutan border is dotted with dense jungles and several unmapped forest habitations where NDFB militants have hideouts.
Mr Shah was presiding over the 56th Raising Day Parade of SSB in New Delhi on 19 December, the Home Minister praised the force for nabbing over 50 intruders, mostly Pakistanis, at Indo-Nepal border in the last one year, besides nabbing contraband items including drugs worth Rs. 380 crores.
The Home Minister acknowledged that the Nation cannot become a global economic power if its borders are not secure, especially when the country has hostile neighbours that are constantly engaged in cross border terrorism, insurgency, illicit trafficking of humans, drugs, fake currency, cattle, among others.
He also commended the dedicated performance of SSB in a number of duties ranging from facilitating free and fair elections across the country to saving lives and property during natural calamities.
After the Kargil war, the K. Subramanayam Committee’s Report was considered by a Group
SSB is now spread along the International border across Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. SSB’s present charter of duties is to:
i. Safeguard the security of assigned borders of India and promote sense of security among the people living in border areas.
ii. Prevent trans-border crimes, smuggling and any other illegal activities.
iii. Prevent unauthorized entry into or exit from the territory of India.
iv. Carry out civic action programme in the area of responsibility.
v. Perform any other duty assigned by the Central Government.(SSB is being deployed for Law & Order, Counter Insurgency Operations and Election duty)