Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated ‘Seema Darshan Project’ at Nadabet located on the Indo-Pak border in Banaskantha District of Gujarat.
- ‘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 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.