Jawans at border to get cake, half-day off on birthdays

New Delhi: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police which guards India’s frontier with China, has decided to grant troopers a half-day off and the choice to not wear a uniform on their birthdays. To wish them, there will also be a cake and a bouquet. A beginning was made recently at a number of formations of the 90,000-strong border guarding force.

According to an order issued by the commanding officer of the 51st battalion of the force, deployed in Punjab’s Patiala, the unit notice board will henceforth mention the name of personnel whose birthday it is and they will be greeted with a bouquet by a senior official.

“Happiness increases when we share it. Our jawans have to live away from their families for long so we have decided to make their birthday special,” the order said.

“This will boost their morale and enhance camaraderie in the unit,” it said.

At the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s ‘animal transport’ wing in a forward area of Arunachal Pradesh in Lohit district, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Sudhakar Natrajan has issued directions that no birthday will be missed if the trooper is not on leave or assignment and is present in the unit.

The ITBP guards…

The ITBP guards the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China apart from rendering a variety of duties in the country’s internal security domain, including anti-Maoist operations.

Specialised clothing, equipment for soldiers

  • The Army is giving final touches to a long-pending project to manufacture specialised clothing, sleeping kits and key equipment for its soldiers deployed in the Siachen glacier the world’s most dangerous battlefield.
  • India spends around Rs800 crore annually in the import of Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System and mountaineering kits for soldiers guarding the glacier at the heights ranging from 16,000 feet to 20,000 feet, according to official data.
  • Sources said the Army is aiming at saving nearly Rs.300 crore annually by the indigenous production of these items which are, at present, sourced from countries like the US, Australia, Canada and Switzerland.
  • Some of the clothing gear, to be manufactured in India, will also be supplied to army personnel deployed in high-altitude locations like Doklam, it said.