Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the citizens to visit Nadabet and other border areas as part of Seema darshan to further tourism.
What is it?
- ‘Seema Darshan Project’ was initiated with the aim to provide an opportunity to the people so that they can visualise the life and work of the BSF personnel on our border.
- Under the ‘Seema Darshan Project’, all kinds of tourist facilities and other special attractions have been developed at a cost of 1 crore 25 lakhs.
About ‘Nadabet’ –
- It is located in the Rann of Kutch region. It is also known as the ‘Wagah of Gujarat’.
- The access provided to civilians at Nadabet to view the fenced international border with Pakistan at ‘Zero Point’.
- Nadabet played a key role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. It was in this region that the BSF not only stalled the enemy trying to invade from the west, but also captured 15 enemy posts.
- During the war, the BSF had captured 1,038 square km of Pakistan territory in Nagarparkar and Diplo areas. The area was returned to Pakistan after the Shimla Agreement was signed.
BSF has set up a unique memorial museum named Seema Darshan to create awareness about the duties of BSF to the general public and the incidents of bravery at Sam sand dunes in Jaislamer.
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 country’s 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.