The central government gave a major boost to operational capabilities of border guarding force SSB by sanctioning more than 9,000 assault rifles, 34 armoured vehicles and more than 760 patrolling bikes to it. The SSB is given the task of securing the country’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan.
Officials said the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) had some time back written to the Union Home Ministry for not only upgrading its arms, ammunition and vehicles, but also wanted an upgrade in this regard.
“Among the sanctions received include procurement of 12 bullet proof vehicles, 15 light armoured troop carriers, seven mine protected vehicles, 42 four-wheel patrolling vehicles, 763 bikes for troops patrol in Left Wing Extremism affected areas and 9,917 new assault rifles,” they said, adding, procurements will be made soon.
Officials said the new vehicles and weapons, once procured, will be sent across to various border guarding formations and those deployed in the LWE hit areas and Jammu and Kashmir.
The SSB has also sought raising a full-fledged combat intelligence wing comprising around 1,000 personnel in order to better secure the “sensitive” and porous borders of Nepal and Bhutan.The force has 67 battalions on ground at present (about 67,000 personnel) and in the next two years it will raise more such contingents to rise its number upto 73 battalions.