In a first, 2 women inducted as combat officers in ITBP

In a first, 2 women inducted as combat officers in ITBP

Mussoorie: In a first of its kind, two women have been inducted as combat officers in Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) on Sunday. 

Prakriti and Diksha completed their 52-week long basic training at the ITBP Academy, Mussoorie, Uttarkhand.

"My father is my role model, he always motivated me," said Officer Diksha, daughter of an Inspector serving with the ITBP. 

ITBP had initiated the induction of women as combat officers in 2016 through the entrance examination for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

53 Assistant Commandants (General Duty-42, Engineers-11) passed out from the ITBP Academy. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami took the salute. SS Deswal, DG ITBP, along with senior officers of the ITBP welcomed the chief minister.

The ITBP Force was raised on 24 October, 1962. At present, the ITBP primarily guards 3,488 km long India-China borders ranging from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from this, the Force also has important roles in many internal security duties and operations against the Left Wing Extremism in the state of Chhattisgarh.

ITBP also conducts relief and rescue operations as 'First Responders' for natural calamities in the Himalayan region.