The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force deployed for security along the India-China Line of Actual Control (LAC) on Sunday inducted its first two women officers into combat roles after completing their training in Mussoorie. A total of 53 officers passed out from ITBP Officers Training Academy, Mussoorie after the passing out parade. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami attended the program as the chief guest.
Dhami along with ITBP Director General SS Deswal released the first 680 pages ‘History of ITBP’ book, containing many unknown facts and rare never-before-seen photographs of the Border Security Force. Dhami and Deswal awarded both the women officers Prakriti and Diksha to the rank of Assistant Commandants in the paramilitary force at the initial level after the passing out parade and verification ceremony. In the program, both the women officers took the oath of service to the country.
ITBP started recruiting women combat officers in its cadre from 2016 through All India Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Earlier it used to recruit women only in constable ranks. Of the total 53 officers, 42 are in the general duty combat cadre, while 11 officers are in the engineering cadre of the approximately 90,000 personnel strong Mountain Warfare Training Force. These officers will now be posted in all units of ITBP in the country, including the LAC with China and the anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh.
Addressing young officers trained for 50 weeks (general duty cadre) and 11 weeks (engineering cadre) in various disciplines of warfare and strategy, Dhami said that the commanders should ‘give their best’ while performing their duties. He said that the country is safe because of the valor of its armed forces and the sacrifices made by the jawans. Congratulating the young officers, he said, ‘I am the son of a soldier and I have seen the army closely. I have seen the struggles of their families. The Chief Minister also lauded the force for bringing out its first book on history.
ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey said, “The book has been published as a reference to factual history for the enrichment of the knowledge of the officers and jawans of the force. It will also be useful for administrative and training purposes and to get in-depth details and this is the official history of ITBP.