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BSF is a boon for border populations. It can do much more than just protect them

Since 1965, the BSF has not only protected India's border areas with Pakistan and Bangladesh but also helped with internal security and development.
DG BSF Pankaj Kumar Singh (L) and SDG S L Thaosen during the annual press conference on the eve of 57th BSF Raising Day, in New Delhi, on 30 November 2021 | PTI Photo

‘Demographic balance’ has been upset in border areas: BSF DG on move to enlarge jurisdiction

DG Pankaj Kumar Singh said BSF was not trying to 'act as a parallel police', and that the move will help in effectively curbing trans-border crimes.
BSF jawans | Representational Image |Flickr

West Bengal, Punjab govts’ apprehensions on BSF jurisdiction extension ‘ill-founded’: Centre

MoS Nityanand Rai said the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction would result in better & more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi speaks during a press conference announcing the reduction in the fuel price at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh, on 7 November 2021 | ANI photo

Punjab Assembly passes resolution against Centre’s extension of BSF jurisdiction in state

Modi govt had amended BSF Act to authorise border force to undertake search, seizure & arrest within 50 km stretch, from existing 15 km, from borders in Punjab, West Bengal & Assam.
A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

MHA order dilutes what BSF was raised for even more. It already guards Lutyens’ Delhi

With the shortage of workforce touching five-figure levels, enhancing BSF's operational roles in Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam is plainly illogical.
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Centre’s order to expand BSF’s jurisdiction in border states strains fragile federal set-up

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File photo of Congress Punjab MLAs in Chandigarh on 19 July 2021 | Representational image | ANI Photo

It’s Congress vs Congress in Punjab, and this time Sidhu has nothing to do with it

Congress leaders in Punjab are divided over the Modi government’s decision to increase the BSF’s jurisdiction from the current 15 km to 50 km in the state.
A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

Two Pakistani intruders shot dead by BSF in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district

The Border Security Force opened fire at them after the intruders did not pay heed to their repeated warnings, an official of the BSF said on Saturday.

Home Minister Amit Shah says there will be no gap in India’s 7500-km-long border by 2022

Shah said this while delivering the annual 'Rustamji memorial lecture' instituted by the Border Security Force (BSF) in the memory of its first director general (DG) K F Rustamji.
A contingent of CRPF | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Over 81,000 paramilitary officers voluntarily retired, 16,000 resigned since 2011: MHA data

The MHA data pertains to six paramilitary forces namely the CRPF, BSF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Sashastra Seema Bal, Central Industrial Security Force and Assam Rifles.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.