New Delhi: The government has approved a Rs360 crore plan for Border Security Force to raise 29 new battalions comprising nearly 30,000 personnel within the next five years raising its strength to nearly 200,000.
The fund to raise the battalions was sanctioned by Union home ministry recently as part of its expansion programme for central paramilitary forces, BSF director general M.L. Kumawat said.
With this, the strength of BSF will go up to 186 battalions, comprising about 190,000 personnel, in the next five years.
It will procure eight Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and purchase one large transport plane and two small aircraft from abroad within this fiscal, a BSF official said.
The Central paramilitary force, which has been guarding the borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, was sanctioned eight helicopters and three aircraft earlier for patrolling the borders and to transport men and material in case of emergencies.