A first in India’s defense history, a contingent of 500 women personnel will be deployed in high-altitude posts along the India-China border. They have been recently commissioned into the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Panchkula.
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With their training now complete, these women have now been sent to the Indian frontiers for their final acclimatization training with regards to their duty, after which they would be deployed at ITBP posts which runs along the 3,488-km Sino-India Line of Actual Control (LAC).
These 20 locations are located at the heights of 8,000 to 14,000 feet, including the ‘Mana pass’ border post which is the last village on the Indian territory, and is located in Uttarakhand.
In an attempt to make their graduation memorable, ITBP director general Krishna Chaudhary, recently reviewed the ‘passing out parade’ of these new personnel and have asked them to exhibit the best skills that they have learnt during training.
Indian Express – Jaipal Singh
Talking to these women, DG Chaudhary said:
“You will be further trained in field training and high-altitude acclimatization before your final deployment. I am sure you will do the country and the force proud.”
With regard to Indo-China border, these soldiers have to combat extreme weather condition and deal with mountainous terrain.
ITBP, came into existence after the aftermath of 1962’s Chinese aggression, and has since then on the forefront of Indo-China border.
These residential facilities are expected to be completed by early March, the time these women would be deployed there.
East Coast Daily
ITBP started recruiting these women in February 2015, and have been training them ever since. These recruitments hail from various parts of India with majority (97) coming from the hill state of Uttarakhand.
Besides these 97, there are 10 female recruits from Himachal Pradesh, 51 from Bihar, 11 from Haryana, 22 from Rajasthan, 63 from Uttar Pradesh and 35 from Maharashtra.
There are also three women who belong to Jammu and Kashmir.
AP -Saurabh Das
Though women constables have been part of this force for the past eight years, it is only now that they are being deployed at the front.