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NEW DELHI, Jul 11 (NEPS): Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the two weeks’ BOP Training Module of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) through video conferencing here today. This Training Module is being conducted simultaneously at 270 Company locations in which personnel of 625 BOPs are participating.
Speaking on the occasion, Rijiju expressed his happiness that a new chapter has been added to the historic role of SSB. He said that the country is getting security and peace due to services provided by the SSB and other security forces. He further said that SSB has transformed into not only a border guarding force but also a specialized force. The MoS also said that SSB provides various other services such as VIP security and services in LWE-affected areas.
Shri Kiren Rijiju also said that the task of SSB becomes the more difficult in case of porous borders with some neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan, where there is no fencing. He said that he himself has personally visited BOPs and seen how SSB jawans work in a diverse situation to protect the borders. The SSB has come up as a fully professional force, he added. He also appreciated the SSB for their active role in social services also.
The MoS wished that this training module will benefit all SSB personnel and this BOP module will be very useful in imparting professional training to the jawans, he added.
While giving the details of BOP Training Module, Smt. Archana Ramasundararn, DG, SSB apprised that the module has been designed to refresh the critical learning elements with an aim to increase overall effectiveness and professionalism of the force. To make the module easy to understand and comprehend, the contents have been prepared in Hindi and are more of audio-visual nature. Services of various agencies like Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), National Investigation Agency (NIA) and NGOs working in the SSB’s operational areas of responsibility have also been taken to make this module more fruitful and professionally enriching. She further added that all the Battalions personnel deployed along the borders will be able to attend this BOP Training Module while discharging their routine operational duties.
She said that training is very important as it turns a common man into a disciplined soldier. She also said that emphasis has been given on various aspects such as soft skills, stress management, gender sensitivity and health. Several case studies have also been included in the training module, she added.
SSB has been mandated to guard the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. Nepal border touches five Indian states with a total length of 1751 kms, whereas Bhutan shares its boundary with 4 Indian States with a total length of 699 kms. In-order to prepare its personnel to meet the perspective goals set for the organisation, SSB has established 11 approved and 6 additional training centres. These training centres conduct basic/induction, specialised and in-service promotional courses. There are 16 different Induction, 30 promotional and 55 in-service and specialised courses. The specialised and in-service courses are also offered to other CAPF and State Police through BPR&D. In the last seven years, SSB has trained 71 officers from Nepal, Armed/Police Force and Bangladesh Police. Presently 1300 recruits from Rajasthan Police are undergoing training at two Recruit Centres i.e. RTC Bhopal & Gorakhpur.
On the occasion, MoS Rijiju released a Handbook for BOPs.
Senior officers of SSB and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and a large number of SSB officers and personnel deployed all along Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders witnessed the launching of a programme from 49 locations.