BSF- Border Security Force & Its Mandate

Sandarbha Desk
Sandarbha Desk

Border Security Force (BSF)

  • It was established in 1965.
  • It is headed by an IPS officer.
  • It is a border guarding force guarding India’s borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh during peacetime.
  • It works to prevent trans-border criminal activities.
  • Some of its battalions are also deployed in the Naxal hit region of Dandkaranya and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Two of its battalions located at Kolkata and Guwahati are designated as the National Disaster Response Force.

Role of BSF during war:

  • Holding ground in less threatened sectors so long as the main attack does not develop in a particular sector and it is felt that the local situation is within the capability of the BSF to deal with.
  • Protection of vital installations.
  • Providing extension to the flanks of main defence line by the holding of strong points in conjunction with other units.
  • Limited aggressive action against para military or irregular forces of the enemy within the overall plan of the Armed Forces.
  • Performing special tasks connected with intelligence including raids. Such tasks will be entrusted to the BSF unit by the army in a war situation according to local necessity.
  • Acting as guides to the Army in border areas.
  • Maintenance of law and order in enemy territory administered under the control of Army.
  • Provision of escorts.
  • Guarding of prisoners of war cages.
  • Assistance in control of refugees.
  • Anti-infiltration duties in specified areas.

Role of BSF during peacetime:

  • Promote a sense of security among the people living in the border areas.
  • Prevent trans-border crimes, unauthorized entry into or exit from the territory of India.
  • Prevent smuggling and any other illegal activity.
  • Anti infiltration duties.
  • To collect trans-border intelligence.

In the last few years the BSF has, in addition to their duties, been deployed for counter insurgency and internal security duties

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