Kiren Promised Air support to ITBP


2December,New Delhi.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju said today in LokSabha that with a view to provide dedicated air support to Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Government has accorded approval to ITBP for wet leasing of 02 Light Helicopters to meet its operational air support requirements in J&K and Uttarakhand through tendering process. The total expenditure likely to be incurred for wet leasing of 02 Helicopters is approximately Rs.40 Crore per annum.

Besides, dedicated air support is provided to ITBP through BSF MI-17 Helicopters as well as IAF Helicopters based on the availability of Helicopters to meet the operational requirement of the force on Indo-China border including J&K and Uttarakhand.

The following steps have been taken/being taken by the Government to strengthen the border outposts along Indo-China borders in the country:-

(i) Out of 35 newly sanctioned Border Out Posts (BOPs), 22 BOPs have already been opened along the Indo-China Border for strengthening existing border security. Remaining BOPs will be established by 2016. At present, ITBP is manning 163 BOPs.

(ii) In order to improve the existing road connectivity and to enhance the troop’s mobility, 27 ITBP priority roads are being constructed along Indo-China border.

(iii) With the aim to achieve connectivity to all ITBP BOPs and patrolling points/International passes, Government has approved 34 roads. (iv) 123 Mobile towers have been approved by the Government along the Indo-China Border to enhance the connectivity and border vigil.

(v) The critical infrastructure in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh are also being strengthened to enhance troop’s mobility and border security in those areas.