New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram Friday
reviewed the operational preparedness of paramilitary ITBP
which guards the crucial Indo-China frontier.
Chidambaram, accompanied by senior Home Ministry
officials, visited the force headquarters located at CGO
Sources said senior Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
officers briefed the minister on the recent sanction of the
re-structuring of the force which will now raise additional
battalions and centres across the country.
Chidambaram was also briefed about the delays and
hindrances in acquiring land for ITBP centres in some states
and the latest weaponry and gadgets inducted into the force.
The minister was also given a presentation on the overall
deployment of the force along the 3,488-kilometre long
Sino-Indian border, as well as on anti-Naxal operations in
Maoist-affected states and other internal security duties
carried out by the force.
The officers briefed Chidambaram about the expenditure on
modernisation and welfare of the force personnel.
The ITBP has about 45 battalions (45000 personnel)
presently along with an exclusive women contingent.
Chidambaram had recently held review meetings for other
paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF and CISF.