Rajnath Singh meets ITBP personnel in Nelong in Uttarakhand - In Pics

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the operational preparedness of a forward ITBP unit in Nelong Valley.

Rajnath Singh meets ITBP personnel in Nelong in Uttarakhand - In Pics

Nelong Valley: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday lauded the dedicated service of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans. He also assured the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was trying to extend all possible support to the forces.

Addressing a sainik sabha, Singh praised the ITBP jawans for their dedicated service on tough high altitude and sub-zero conditions at the Himalayan heights.

"The Himveers are working with a high morale on the Himalayas. The MHA is aware of the services rendered by the ITBP personnel in difficult circumstances and is trying to extend all possible support to the Force," he said.

The HM reached the 12th Battalion of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) based in Matli, Uttarkashi on Monday.

Rajnath Singh reached the Nelong BOP of the ITBP located at 11,636 ft MSL with Director General, ITBP, RK Pachnanda and senior officers of ITBP. This is the first-ever visit by the Union Home Minister to the Nelong Valley.

On Sunday, Singh met the families of jawans residing at the family quarters of the Unit premises and greeted them. 

Wishing the personnel of the border guarding force a happy new year, Singh talked about his idea of reducing the current three months' time of rotating the troops at such arduous and tough posts.

"I will urge the ITBP to find ways and see how can we reduce the time period of deployment of troops, from three months to the least possible, as a lot of time is also spent on commuting to and from such hard areas," he said.

Heaping praise on the jawans and officers of the force, the HM said any amount of facilities provided to them would be less, considering the challenging terrain and nature they had to deal with.

He added that the Centre had recently decided that the light-weight, special winter clothing, which was earlier provided to the troops posted at an altitude of above 14,000 feet, would now also be provided to the jawans posted at a height of over 9,000 feet.

Snow scooters, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and mountaineering equipment were also being provided to the jawans, Singh said.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)