We have good news for the 10 lakh personnel employed in the Indian paramilitary forces. The Government of India has approved Modernization Plan – II with a total budget of Rs 11,009.19 crores for the period 2012-17 to equip the seven paramilitary forces with the latest modern weaponry.
The seven Indian paramilitary forces include Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Assam Rifles (AR), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guards (NSG), and Border Security Force (BSF).
Given the high level of terrorist incursions, the Government deemed it perfect to procure new equipment of advanced version to tackle any threat posed by the terrorists and other security situation of the country.
The revelation was made by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in a written reply to question posed by Shri P. Bhattacharya in the Rajya Sabha today.
Currently, all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are well equipped in terms of Arms/ Ammunition / Special equipment like Night Vision devices, Deep Search Metal Detector, BP Jackets, BP Helmet, Hand Held Search Light and Global Positioning Systems etc. to tackle the present security situation of the country.
However, protective measures can never be enough in a big country like India given the increased threat from ISIS, which is attracting certain sections of the society like a magnet. ISIS has, for some time, been calling for an attack on India. Unwanted incursions along the border can also be mitigated with modern weaponry, and terrorists can be repaid in their own tokens.
The measures are likely to boost the confidence of the 10 lakh strong Indian security forces which instill in us the sense of security. It will also limit the number of lives lost when facing adverse situations in the country.