BSF jurisdiction: final report on new 50 km limits, logistics prepared | India News
The BSF guards over 6,300 km of Indian fronts with Pakistan to the west and Bangladesh on the eastern flank of the country.
In October 2021, the central government issued a notification to amend a July 2014 enabling provision for BSF staff and officers when operating in border areas.
While in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam the BSF jurisdiction from the border to the hinterland has been strengthened from the first 15 km to 50 km, in Gujarat the same limit has been reduced by 80 km to 50 km while in Rajasthan the limit was unchanged at 50 km.
An exercise has been undertaken by the BSF with its other sister agencies to identify and mark the new 50km jurisdiction and its alignment on the ground in accordance with the notification issued last year. This is part of the step-by-step implementation of the new government order.
Geographic locations, physical structures that will fall along the new axis have been identified, officials told PTI.
The requirement to have staging points, posts and other logistical requirements for troops undertaking cross-border crime operations has been identified and will be submitted to the Union Home Office in due course for approval, they said.
Once the proposal is approved, the new positions for communications, logistics and, if necessary, jawans will be created gradually, officials familiar with the exercise said.
Security establishment officials said the force had undertaken a number of operations under enhanced jurisdictional powers in various states over the past few months and that each of these actions had been undertaken “after informing the local (state) police”.
The results have been good so far and the force has been able to control cross-border crimes like drug trafficking and cattle smuggling in the dozen or so cases it has undertaken operations under the new jurisdiction, they said. declared.
The Union Home Office informed Parliament in December last year that the increased competence “aims to enable BSF to carry out its border guard duties more effectively following the use of technologies such as remotely operated dynamic navigation equipment (drones), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), etc., usually at long range, by anti-national forces for surveillance as well as for arms smuggling , narcotics and counterfeit Indian banknotes (FICN).”
“It would also help reduce the threat of cattle smuggling as smugglers take refuge in inland areas outside the jurisdiction of the BSF. There is no impact on the jurisdiction of the state government,” said Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai in a statement. response written in the Rajya Sabha.
He was responding to a question after the governments of West Bengal and Punjab “expressed concern that such a move would encroach on the powers of the state government”.
“Their apprehensions are ill-founded. The extension of the territorial jurisdiction of BSF would result in better and more effective control of cross-border crimes in collaboration and in cooperation with the States”, declared the minister.
Rai said Section 139(1)(i) of the BSF Act 1968 empowers the central government to confer powers and duties on members of the force in relation to any central law for specified purposes.