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 As the first half of the year is behind us, it’s time to analyze our performance on both administrative and operational front so that we not only celebrate our achievements but also plug the loopholes in time and move forward with confidence and enthusiasm. At the outset, I compliment all the ranks of SSB on their outstanding performance and achievements during this period. It gives me immense pride to be the Chief of such a fine Force.

             

To start with, I would like to share the good news with great satisfaction that after sustained efforts over the past several years, SSB now has a full-fledged Intelligence Wing. In all,650 posts including 3 posts of DIsG have been sanctioned by the MHA vide Order No.27013/12/2015-PF.IV(CF-3329690) dated 10thJuly, 2017 to the Force, being the Lead Intelligence Agency on the borders with Nepal and Bhutan. Besides, three additional Bomb Detection &Disposal Squads have also been sanctioned to enhance our preparedness, raising the total number of these units to six.

 Another highlight is the promotion of nearly 6000officers and personnel in various ranks; this includes the upgradation of 4,095 Constables to the rank of Head Constables. In fact, SSB is the biggest beneficiary of this order of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on 2nd March, 2017. The Cadre Review of various categories by the Govt., which was long overdue leading to discontentment among the personnel, is also at an advanced stage.

 It was a proud moment for me when I became the first ever DG of SSB to visit Bhutan and have a meeting with the Chief of Royal Bhutan Police. From 16thto 19thJune 2017, I led a three-member delegation of SSB to Bhutan and had very fruitful discussions with the Home Secretary of Bhutan as well as the Chief of Royal Bhutan Police to ensure more effective management and coordination on Indo-Bhutan borders. We also paid a courtesy call to His Excellency the Home Minister of Bhutan who appreciated the work done by the SSB on borders. We were overwhelmed by their affection and warm sentiments for Indians. 

 The Force continues to be in an expansion mode and has grown almost three times since it became a combatised border guarding force in 2001. With an addition of a Sector Hqr headed by a DIG at Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh last year, all 18 Sector Hqrs sanctioned to SSB have been operationalized. In recent months, 2 more Bns. have been raised and thus, the total number of available Bns is now 69, just a few short of the total number of authorized 73 Bns. This includes twoBns. on deputation to NDRF. Two more Border Out-Posts have been raised, increasing the total number of BOPs from 627 in January, 2017 to 629 in July, 2017.Moreover, out of 4 authorized Integrated Check Posts (ICPs), 2 ICPs have commenced functioning at Raxaul and Jogbani, both in Bihar.

 Recruitments have also been on a much faster track in the year 2016-2017 for the posts of AC(GD) and SI(GD). In all, 58 AC(GD) have been allocated to SSB for the year 2016-17 and their verification is under progress. Further, 49 SI(GD) were allocated to SSB in the year 2015-16of whom 28 SI(GD) have joined so far. Through Limited Departmental Competitive Examination,108 candidates were selected for SI(GD), 61 candidates for SI(Min), 3 Para Medics, 87 Constable Tradesmen and 3930 Constable (GD). Other on-going recruitments are expected to be completed by the end of this year. To enhance representation of women in SSB, our efforts have aimed not only at increasing their numerical strength but also assigning them important duties and improving their working conditions.

 Our 45 Battalions deployed on Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders continue to work tirelessly to protect the borders. In a span of 6 months itself, 2990 criminals/smugglers have been apprehended and seizures effected of contraband worth Rs.475.29crores. This include massive seizures of wildlife projects worth Rs. 141.94 crores, narcotics worth Rs. 126.29 crores and antique idols worth Rs. 123.35 crores.

 Our drive against the menace of human trafficking and child labour has continued relentlessly this year also. In all, 1337 victims of human trafficking have been rescued and 398 traffickers arrested. Our focus on human trafficking was reflected in our celebrations of the International Women’s Day also when on 8th March, 2017, a software titled ‘Impulse’ for collation and real time coordination of data relating to human trafficking was launched on this occasion. An inter-state Workshop was also conducted by SSB on ‘Human Trafficking & Child Labour’ at New Delhi on 10th April, 2017 with an objective to bring all the stake holders working for combating this menace on to a common platform. This was attended by 67 participants, including senior police officers from the states of Bihar, UP, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra, prominent NGOs and the Ministries concerned.

     Our Bns deployed in the naxal areas in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have performed very well in spite of very challenging circumstances. This year, over 100 naxals and their sympathizers have been apprehended so far and 09 Factory made Arms, 22 Country made arms, 318 Cartridges, 08 kgs Improvised Explosives, 34 Detonators, 09 Magazines and 04 Gelatin sticks have been seized. In addition, 23 kgs of IED were recovered and 13 kgs destroyed. The battalions deployed in naxal affected areas under SHQ Gaya of Frontier Patna have successfully destroyed the poppy cultivation in 194.95 acres of land.

 SSB Battalions deployed in J&K since 2013 have also been doing a commendable job and exercising maximum restraint despite grave provocation by stone pelting mobs. Besides, 23 Coys of SSB have been deployed by MHA to provide security during Shree Amarnath Yatra.

 Constant modernisation of the Force is another aspect on which we are focusing hard. This year we have procured 02 UAVs of Netra II version and are in the process of acquiring 02 Nos. of Laser Based Explosive cum Narcotic Detectors very soon. Amulti-purpose Boardroom has also been established at Force Hqrsin April-2017, improving our connectivity with our field units through advanced video conferencing facilities. Safe movement of our troops will be ensured by adding 07 Nos of Mine Protected Vehicles, 15 Light Armed Troop Carriers and 12 Bullet Proof Vehicles to our fleet. Besides, 114 Nos of smart Plus Equipments, 92 Nos of Radio set LHP-265D, 02 Nos. of Ku-Band VSAT will soon be procured, go a long way in strengthening our communication network.   

 Given our increased deployment in diverse situations such as border guarding duties, counter insurgency operations, LWE operations, anti-terrorism duties, rescue & relief work, election related duties and law & order duties etc, we have placed a strong emphasis on the theatre-specific training of our personnel. BOP refresher training and thematic training has been further upgraded to enhance our alertness on borders. Training Centres of SSB including the Academy have been reorganized and strengthened so as to impart state-of-the-art training.

 Our sports personnel continue to bring laurels to the Force and the nation. SSB Central Water Sports Team represented the country in Asian Canoe Slalom Championship-2017 at Nakorn Nayok, Thailand and won a bronze medal in kayak event, while SSB Central Sepak Takraw Team represented country in 2nd South Asian Cup held at Colombo, Srilanka and won a Gold Medal in Regu event (Team event). Constable Deepika won a gold medal in Malaysia International Wushu Championship held at Kualalampur. SSB Sports teams also exhibited excellent performance and won 20 Gold, 16 Silver and 15 Bronze in various national level competitions. This year we have been able to recruit 306 outstanding sportspersons including151 women under Sports quota. Yoga sessions were conducted at various SSB units  on International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2017. Yoga has been very helpful in not only improving the fitness of our jawans but also in reducing their stress levels.

 Several major initiatives have been taken for the welfare of our own personnel also. An Android based ‘MySSB App’, developed by our own personnel, was launched on 10th March, 2017 at FHQ, SSB, by Hon’ble MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju.This is a one-step solution on service related matters such as salary details, GPF, service particulars, transfer/posting,  deputation and grievances etc. This App has already become very popular among SSB jawans.

 On 10th March, 2017 only in the same function, with a lofty aim to develop skills of our personnel for use even after retirement, SSB entered into a MoU with the National Skill Development Corporation under the Ministry of Skill Development and Training, Govt. of India, Within a few months, we have set up Skill Development Training Centres at six places across our Area of Responsibility. The main centre was inaugurated at our Recruit Training Centre, Gorakhpur by Shri Adityanath Yogi, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in a well-attended impressive function. We are proud of being the first Central Armed Police Force to cater to skill development of not only of our own retiring/retired personnel and their families but also of the border population, especially unemployed youth and disadvantaged women. This is very much in keeping with SSB’s motto of सेवा, सुरक्षा एवं बन्धुत्वand commitment to work for the benefit of the people in border areas through our Civic Action Programmes. We continue to provide Medical and Veterinary aids, micro-infrastructure development, skill development, vocational training and education through educational tours for youth.

 SSB personnel have always rushed to help the people in disaster-affected areas. SSB happens to be among the first responders as 326 of our BOPs  are in disaster prone areasof which 60 are located in high altitude areas, 238 are in forests and 28 are in flood prone areas. Besides, all the 628BOPs are in seismic Zone-5, potentially a high risk zone. With a view to make our response and intervention more effective in disaster situations, we have increased the number of our Rescue and Relief Teams from existing 3 to 18 teams so as to have one team at least per Sector Hqrs. These teams are much better trained and much better equipped. All the 18 Rescue and Relief Teams were launched on 29th July, 2017 in well-attended functions at different locations where senior government officials and local dignitaries witnessed the impressive demonstrations. The main function was held at Guwahati in which Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble MoS(Home), Govt. of India was the Chief Guest and ShriRanjit Gupta, Hon’ble Minister, Govt. of Assam, the Guest of Honour.  We are also in process of developing our Training Centre at Salonibari (Assam) as a Centre of Excellence for disaster management training. NDMA has welcomed this initiative of SSB as there is no such Training Centre in North-Eastern Region.

 Although the force gained a lot, SSB also lost one of its proud sons during this period. On 9thMay 2017, SI(GD)AmalSarkar of 15thBn SSB, Kajalgaon was martyred in a joint operation against NDFB(S) cadres.  He and his team, however, succeeding in neutralizing one NDFB(S) cadre and injuring others. SSB salutes the late SI(GD) Amal Sarkar for his Supreme Sacrifice in the line of duty.

 

JAI HIND

 

 

 

 

 



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