BSF chief completes 3 day Kashmir visit

Rakesh Asthana, Director General BSF completed his three day visit to Kashmir frontier today. This was his first visit to Kashmir after assuming the charge of DG.

Asthana, who was accompanied by S S Panwar, ADG, Western Command, BSF (Chandigarh), went to forward areas of all BSF sectors. He was briefed by Inspector General Kashmir Frontier BSF, Dr Rajesh Mishra, about the current situation on LoC and hinterland.

The DG took stock of the operational and administrative challenges being faced by Units.

Sharing his impression about his new organization BSF, he said the general public has great respect for this “First Line of Defense” due to its famed discipline and professional approach.

He said that as a result of changed geopolitical equation in South Asia, BSF has to remain ready to face new challenges and shoulder any additional responsibility in the coming days due to the ongoing dispute on the Indo-China border.

The DG emphasized on more use of technology for effective domination of the borders. “In the rapidly changing technology, BSF has to keep pace with the latest and integrate/upgrade present surveillance systems accordingly,” he said.

The DG BSF was very appreciative of woman constabulary who are performing duties shoulder to shoulder with their male counterpart in such a new territory of border duties for them.

DG BSF also took stock of the COVID-19 management in the Composite Hospital BSF, Srinagar where he appreciated the exemplary work done by the doctors and the support staff in taking care of all CAPF cases, within the limited resources.

The president of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA) Anu Asthana also accompanied DG BSF.

On her maiden visit to Kashmir Frontier BSF, she was very appreciative of the efforts of the association in discharging their obligations under the constrained circumstances of Kashmir valley.

She presided over the meeting with soldiers families in Srinagar and Baramulla and attended their points of concern. She also applauded the efforts of BWWA members in supplying essentials commodities during the lockdown period to BSF families, a statement here said.