Shillong: Along with the rest of the country, the Meghalaya frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated their 54th Raising Day in Shillong on Saturday.
Meghalaya Frontier, Border Security Force takes care of border domination / border management of 444 km International Border with Bangladesh. Going by the statement of the Deputy Inspector General BSF, U.K Nayal on Saturday, smuggling of cattle and contraband continued to be a high menace along the border. 6294 numbers of cattle along with Rs.21.4 crores worth of contraband items were seized in the current year alone. The DIG attributed to the dedicated troops for their exemplary performance against trans-border illegal activities where 23 Bangladeshi smugglers/criminals and 33 Indian smugglers/criminals were apprehended at border by the vigilant troops. In terms of figures, cross border movement of militants and arms transportation seems to be on the wane. This year, the recovery was only half a dozen Country made gun (SBBL), 2 Grenades, 29 rounds live rounds and a less than substantial quantity of explosives.
Pointing about the series of initiatives undertaken by the BSF to have the locals as better stake holders in border management, Nayal stated BSF organized civic action programmes at various locations in the bordering areas in Khasi/ Jaintia and Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Civic Action programmes are being conducted as a central plan to improve the quality of life and welfare of the border population, upgrade the existing infrastructure and create new avenues for bringing positive changes in the life of the border population. He said, Various items like Water storage tanks, Computers, School furniture, Stationary, Wheel Chairs, Sports items, Colour TV with DTH etc, have been distributed among the villagers of bordering area under several civic action programme, besides the consistent medical camps that were organised throughout the Meghalaya stretch of the international border.
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