SHILLONG: As the nations gear up to celebrate Independence Day, the Border Security Force (BSF) has heightened vigil in the border areas to instill a sense of security as the First Line Defence. Moreover, to commemorate the auspicious occasion, a civic action programme, as part of the ‘Border Management Plan’, was organized by the BSF at BOP Bholaganj of East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya on Tuesday, stated a release.
Chief Guest Sh. Rajashekhar KN, Commandant, 123 Bn BSF, exhorted the people living at the border to follow the concept of ‘Unity in Diversity’ which is the essence of our country. Various items including LED TV along with DTH sets, chairs, sports items and stationery were distributed by the chief guest to the schools on the border area. Approximately 150 villagers, teachers and students of villages Nongjuri, Bholaganj, Beltoli, Shella, Patharghat, Kasinda and Ryngkua attended the programme. Such programmes are organized to enhance close coordination between the BSF and villagers of border areas.
As part of the Border Management Plan, the BSF battalions are running various civic action programmes and also providing employment-generation training to the youth of the bordering villages, which include recruitment-related training in paramilitary forces and other competitive examinations. Such initiatives by Border Security Force for border population has brought out a paradigm shift in the attitude of border population towards the paramilitary forces, further leading to a slow down of smuggling activities in the border area.