Pune 25 Mar 2017 (PCP NEWS GWALIOR) : Rajasthan becomes the first state after 51 years to commission First Woman Combat Officer Tanushree Pareek of 25 years, in the country’s largest border guarding, Border Security Force, and now she will Command a Unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, as declared here this evening.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Sing while reviewing the Passing Out Parade of the country’s largest border guarding force himself put the Rank Stars on the shoulders of Tanushree Pareek, who also led the Parade, during the piping ceremony of the 67 Trainee Officers who Passed Out from the course, at the Border Security Force camp at Tekanpur near Gwalior.
On this glorious occasion the Minister said that, BSF is not only the first line of defense but also the first wall of defense, BSF has built 73 border outposts, out of 76 such border structures constructed in recent times. It is the only force after the Indian military which operates on land, water and air as it has a dedicated air and water wing apart from foot soldiers said Sing.
While praising the first woman “Field Officer” of the 2.5-lakh-strong force, Singh said the force had begun induction of woman officers in 2013, now the Center has chalked out a new road map to strengthen border security and it plans to seal Indian borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan. Lauding the force raised in 1965, Singh said BSF has changed the rules of engagement at the international borders and now it is a “Known Entity” in the neighboring countries.
Sing also added that government is planning for an effective grievance redressal mechanism in the forces. Now the forces are coming forward with such mechanisms. Sing also payed his tributes to the personnel of the force killed in the line of duty,
Tanushree Pareek, a resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the UPSC in 2014. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab. The 67 trainee officers, who passed out today, have undergone 52-week training in battle craft, intelligence gathering and other border guarding tasks before being commissioned into the force in the entry rank of Assistant Commandant. Out of 67, 51 are direct entry officers while 16 have joined the Officer Ranks on promotion.
The BSF is primarily tasked to guard two of the most sensitive Indian frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh while it is extensively deployed for conducting Anti-Naxal operations and rendering other duties in the internal security domain.
Singh also watched a demonstration of PAVA Shell Firing at the Tear Smoke Unit (TSU) of the force. The shells were prepared at the TSU and sent to Kashmir Valley for security forces as an alternative to pellet guns to control protests and stone pelters, during his visit at the Camp. PCP/DJ 20 30