Shri Surjeet Singh Deswal, IPS (HY-84)
It is a matter of great pride, honor and satisfaction for me to lead the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). ITBP is deployed from the Karakoram Pass in the North–West extremity of the Indo-China border to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh, spanning a total stretch of 3,488 Kms of uncongenial terrain going up to 18,800 feet. Most of the forward posts remain cut off by land routes during the winter. The border outposts are exposed to the fury and ferocity of nature in the form of high storms, blizzards, avalanches and landslides, besides the hazards of high altitude and tremendous cold where temperatures dip to minus 45°C. The ITBP is doing a commendable job in border guarding, counter insurgency, internal security, security of vital installations, VIP security and Left Wing Extremism affected areas of Chhattisgarh with its motto 'शोर्य ,दढ़ता , कर्मनिष्ठा' . It is a great honour for the ITBP that we are deployed in Afghanistan to provide security to the Indian Embassy in Kabul and 4 Consulates Generals in different parts of Afghanistan. ITBP’s contribution to peace keeping in Left Wing Extremism hit Chhattisgarh is immense. We are also providing security and assistance to the pilgrims of Holy Kailash Mansarovar and Amarnath Yatras. The Force is steadily moving ahead with constant monitoring by the Directorate General. Our endeavor is to equip ITBP with the modern equipments and gadgets to improve the operational efficiency of the Force. We are focusing on speedy development of infrastructure in the Force. Many initiatives in this aspect have resulted in remarkable success in construction of many projects. Being first responder to any disaster striking in the Himalayan region, we have been doing numerous rescue operations. We have recently conducted the operation ‘Daredevils’ near Mt. Nanda Devi East to rescue 4 mountaineers (From UK) and later retrieved 7 dead bodies (3 From UK, 2 from US, 1 from Australia and 1 from India) of mountaineers. It was one of the toughest operations on such altitudes which were completed by Himveers with perfection in very difficult circumstances. We are training our men regularly to keep them fighting fit. It is a matter of pride that we are the national champions in Ice Hockey 2019. The Force has successfully completed a record 213 mountaineering expeditions around the world. This year, the Force has successfully scaled Mt Kangchegyao (6889 M) in Sikkim and added new feather in its well adorned cap. Till now, ITBP has received 7 Padma Shree and 14 Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Awards. The ITBP has continued its effort for Border Area Development Programs (BADP) for the populace residing in the border areas and Civic Action Programs (CAP) for the border population as well as people living in Naxal affected areas. Taking a step ahead, we have also started providing the healthcare facility from our existing resources to the people in far flung border villages. Our Doctors are providing all possible medical care to the civil population in collaboration with the respective civil administration. ITBP is always pro active in promoting the flagship scheme such as International Yoga Day, Swachhta Diwas, International Yoga Day etc of the government. The Hon’ble PM has praised the Swachhta drives undertaken by the ITBP which is an honor for us. We have embarked on several welfare related and education and stress management programs for our jawans. Apart from existing grievance redressal system emplaced, a dedicated mobile number has been provided for addressing grievances of jawans. Amalgamation of hospitals at various levels was approved for streamlining of healthcare facility in the Force. Medical facilities at many forward and remote locations have been provided through recently created telemedicine network. ITBP Public School, Dwarka New Delhi has been excelling in providing quality education to the wards of ITBP personnel. High scoring annual results of this school is encouraging. I urge to all personnel that they should utilize this best opportunity to get their children admitted to ITBP Public School, Dwarka. We recognize the immense contribution of the Himveer Wives’ Welfare Association (HWWA) for the overall development of the families of the ITBP personnel. We salute our comrades-in-arms who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty at the altar of motherland for upholding the nation's Honor and security. Their sacrifice will continue to inspire us. We also hold our brethren, who suffered grave injuries in the call of duty, in highest esteem. I convey my warm greetings to all the ITBP personnel and the members of their families and wish them the very best.
(S S Deswal) Director General Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force