India wants good neighbourly relations, says Union home minister
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that India wants good relations with its neighbours. Addressing a function of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in Kanpur today, Shri Singh said that there seems to be a difference of perception regarding the Sino-Indian border and that our efforts should be to come out with some solution to this problem. He said that China should come forward, as India wants to solve this problem.
Shri Rajnath Singh said that India is the only country that considers the entire world as its family, but some countries did not like the strengthening ties between India and the US.
The Union Home Minister said that very soon mobile tower facility would be started at border that will enable jawans serving at borders to talk to their family members at home through phones. Shri Rajnath Singh said that permission to install 134 mobile towers has been given. Assuring better border infrastructure, he said that 34 new border roads have been approved, besides work on 27 priority border roads has started.
Shri Singh also said that he recently visited Israel and saw that modern technology was used by Israel to guard its borders. Lauding ITBP, Shri Singh said that the ITBP has also tried its best to start e-office and going for maximum digitalization.
The Union Home Minister said that during his tenure of last 7-8 months, he has understood several problems being confronted by ITBP personnel. Noting that the entire life of ITBP jawans is spent while serving on snow and mountains, Shri Singh assured that the ITBP jawans must get benefits of rotational transfer, so that besides serving at tough and inhospitable hilly terrain, the ITBP jawans get an opportunity to serve at plains as well.
Commending the ITBP’s illustrious history, Shri Singh said that in the last 52 years of its service the ITBP has scripted a great success story for itself. Shri Singh said that if the Himalayas is guarding us then this is also the fact that ITBP jawans are the ‘Himalaya Putras’. Shri Singh also recalled the bravery of the ITBP jawans during the terror attack at the Indian consulate in Afghanistan.
Earlier Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new building complex of 32 Battalion of ITBP at Maharajpur in Kanpur. Incurring a cost of Rs 36.16 crore, the ITBP residential complex comprises of newly built administrative building, residential complex, transport place, quarter guard, mess for Officers and subordinate officers and two jawan barracks.