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Paramilitary women to counter anti-India propaganda

Last Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 10:27

New Delhi: The government has decided to
deploy newly inducted paramilitary women personnel along the
international borders, including with Pakistan and China, to
give an impetus to civic action programmes and counter
anti-India propaganda.

Plans are ready to get these young women to talk to the
local population and inspire them to participate in government
schemes and contribute to civic works in their respective

"These women recruits of BSF, ITBP and SSB have largely
come from areas which are either naxal or insurgency hit.
Despite problems, they chose to work in armed forces and
have made excellent careers. The government aims to
communicate their success stories to the youth and others in
these border areas," a senior para military officer said.

Apart from the Pakistan and China borders, the women
personnel will be posted along the Bangladesh, Nepal and
Bhutan borders.

Home Minister P Chidambaram, while taking the salute
of the first ITBP women contingent on Friday, had said, "they
(women constables) will be used to provide security to vital
installations, rescue and relief operations including disaster
management, perception management and psychological operations
in border villages...".

The women will also help the authorities to counter the
anti-India propaganda being carried out by India`s inimical
forces from across these borders.

The government plans to set up special education and
medical camps for the locals which will be run by these women
in areas hit by naxal violence, insurgency and infiltration,
an official said.

The forces have been carrying out civic programmes in
areas bordering Nepal and Bangladesh, which have open and
porous borders.

"The women can be instrumental in talking to the female
folk, who in turn can urge the men to take part in government
run schemes and also can help security forces if they spot
something or someone suspicious," the officer said.

While the BSF, guarding Pakistan and Bangladesh borders,
has about 700 women in its ranks -- of which 178 passed out
last year -- the SSB, which secures the Nepal and Bhutan
borders, has been sanctioned 763 posts of which about 330 have
already been inducted.

The ITBP, deployed along Sino-Indian border has got its
first batch of 209 women while the second batch of 145
constables is scheduled to pass out in May this year.

Plans are also afoot to raise a full-fledged women`s
battalion in these forces so that the unit retains its
individuality and performs its distinct role, while
gender-specific requirements of the paramilitary forces are
also met.


First Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 10:27

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