Recently Union Home Minister launched ‘Prahari’ app for Border Security Force (BSF) Jawans.


About the app

  • BSF ‘Prahari’ app is a great example of Proactive Governance, now Jawans can get personal and service related information, housing, Ayushman-CAPF and leave related information on their mobile.
  • Other features of the app include —
    • Availability of Bio Data
    • Grievance redressal on “Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System” (CP-GRAMS)
    • information on various welfare schemes.
  • The app will also connect the Jawans with the portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs.


About Border Security Force –

  • The BSF is the world’s largest border guarding force securing the 6,386.36 kms long International Borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
  • Its mandate is to guard the countrys land border during peacetime and also to prevent transnational crime.
  • BSF was established as a response to the 1965 war with Pakistan when that country tried to expand its own borders at India’s expense.
  • Until that time, the border with Pakistan was guarded by the State Armed Police Battalion. It proved inadequate when faced with Pakistani aggression and this was when the necessity of a specialised armed force for manning India’s borders was realised.
  • The Committee of Secretaries recommended that the Border Security Force be established and it came into force on 1 December 1965. The BSF is under the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India.
  • Currently there are about 186 battalions and strength of more than 2 lakh personnel. It also has an air wing, marine wing, commando units and artillery regiments.