India to bolster border security with 9,400 new ITBP personnel and operational base on LAC

India is planning to bolster its hold on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by recruiting 9,400 new personnel and building a new operational base for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which guards the India-China border.

The plan includes the creation of seven new border battalions, which will be deployed at 47 border outposts and 12 staging camps of the ITBP along the LAC.

The new battalions are being raised due to the ongoing tensions at the India-China border, and the loss of access to 26 of 65 patrolling points in eastern Ladakh. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the proposal, which is expected to be completed by 2025-26.

The plan will cost a non-recurring expenditure of Rs 1,808.15 crore and a recurring annual expenditure of Rs 963.68 crore for salaries and rations for the additional personnel.

The ITBP, which was raised in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression in 1962, currently has over 90,000 personnel guarding the LAC spanning 3,488 km on India’s eastern flank.

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