Panchkula: Over Rs 100 crore will be spent to
purchase ultra modern weapons like AK-47, night vision
equipment and anti-mining vehicles for the Indo-Tibetan Border
Police, its chief R K Bhatia said on Friday.
At present, 49,000 ITBP personnel have been deployed
across the country and 13 more battalions, including two women
battalions, will be raised in the next two years, he said.
There are around 1,000 personnel in a battalion.
Bhatia was addressing a parade organized here on the eve
of 49th Raising Day of ITBP, which guards the 3,488 km of the
India-China border and mans Border Outposts on high altitudes.
ITBP canteen facilities are being exempted from VAT in
12 states including Haryana and efforts are being made to
exempt it in other states, he said.
He conferred awards to ITBP personnel for their
performance in different fields and said despite various
geographical hardships and anti-national movements, ITBP is
carrying out its responsibility in a dutiful manner.
ITBP forces have been deployed to foil the evil designs
of naxalites and terrorists, he added.