Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) – UPSC GS3

Write a note on the structure and mandate of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). (150 Words)

ITBP is a multi-dimensional force. It is basically a mountain trained Force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and Skiers. It was initially raised under CRPF Act, later in 1994 ITBPF Act was enacted and rules were framed.
It is headed by DG rank officer with ADG as an assistant and other posts like IG, DIG to constables like police force.
ITBP was the first to establish Regional Response Centers in HP, Uttarakhand, NE regions and carried out numerous rescue and relief operations in various disaster situations took place in these areas since 1994.
Mandate and Tasks
  1. Vigil on NE borders, detection and prevention of border violations, and promotion of the sense of security among the local populace
  2. Check illegal immigration, trans – border smuggling and crimes
  3. Providing security to sensitive installations, banks and protected persons
  4. Restore and preserve order in any area in the event of disturbance.
They are stationed at forward border posts at altitudes from 9000-18000 feet. They are called “Himveers” and provide security to VIPs in Delhi, deployed in UN Peace Keeping Force, they are providing security to Embassy of India in Kabul, and Consulate General of India, Jalalabad, Kandhar also.
“ITBP inspires men to put duty before self.”



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