Indo Tibetan Border Police Raising Day (24th of October)
This year in 2017 on the 24th of October, the Indo Tibetan Border Police will be celebrating its 56th raising day. This force was first raised on the same date in the year 1962. The Indo Tibetan Border Police, commonly known as the ITBP, is deployed on the borders where they guard duties from Karokoram Pass situated in Ladakh to Jachep La, situated in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, and thus cover a total distance of around 3,488 KMs of the India-China border. The border outposts that the ITBP man, are on altitudes that range from 9000 feet to 18,700 feet, in the eastern, western, and middle regions of the India-China border.
The ITBP happens to be one among the eight statutory Central Armed Police Forces of India, and it was established under the CRPF Act, that was set up during the crisis of the Indo-China War that took place in the year 1962. However, it was in the year 1992 that the Indo Tibetan Border Police got its autonomy as the parliament finally enacted the Indo Tibetan Border Police Force Act, and thus, now with full autonomy, the ITBP operates under the patronage of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
As on today, the ITBP stands strong with a force of around 50,000 personnel that secures the 3,488 KM border of India with China along with the autonomous region of Tibet. Other than this, the ITBP is also involved in a list of internal security activities, which include and is not limited to, civil medical camps, disaster management for nuclear, chemical, as well as biological disasters, and ensuring that the United Nations peacekeeping missions in the globe are well backed, as it is one of the fundamental guidelines to ensure world peace and harmony.
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