Border Security Force (BSF): Objectives & Functions
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- India’s border guarding organisation on its border with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
- raised in the wake of the 1965 war in 1965, “for ensuring the security of the borders of India and for matters connected there with”.
- It has various active roles during an outbreak of war.
- It is the only CAPF to have a Water Wing, Air Wing and an Artillery Regiment.
- It comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- It currently stands as the world’s largest border guarding force.
- BSF has been termed as the First Line of Defence of Indian territories
- Border guard and security.
- Prevention trans-border crimes, unauthorized entry into or exit from the territory of India.
- Prevention of smuggling and any other illegal activities on the border.
- Anti-infiltration duties.
- Collection trans-border intelligence.
- To promote a sense of security among the people living in the border areas.
During war time
- Holding ground in assigned sectors.
- Limited aggressive action against irregular forces of the enemy.
- Maintenance of law and order in enemy territory administered under the Army’s control.
- Acting as guides to the Army in border areas.
- Assistance in control of refugees.
- Provision of escorts.
- Performing special tasks connected with intelligence including cross-border raids.
- Replenishing manpower.
BSF is also employed for Internal Security Duties and other law and order duties on the requisition of the State Government. Being a Central Armed Police Force it can be entrusted with policing duties at any place apart from its mandate.