Govt won't hand over ITBP control to Army

Govt won't hand over ITBP control to Army

Govt won't hand over ITBP control to Army

The Union Home Ministry is unwilling to hand over the operational command of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to the Army despite it wanting to man the Line Of Actual Control (LAC) along the India-China border post border face off with Beijing over PLA’s last month incursion in the Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector of Ladakh.

  The Army wants an arrangement like Assam Rilfes which is administratively under the control of the Union Home Ministry but which reports to the Defence Ministry.  Even the tussle between the Home and Defence Ministries for getting complete control of Assam Rifles has continued for the last few years now.

A Home Ministry official ruled out the possibility of handing over the operational control of the ITBP to the Army which wants its for better cohesion, coordination and synergy. As per the reports received by the ministry, the ITBP patrol team detected the incursion around midnight on April 15 and reported the matter to their immediate command. A Quick Reaction Team was dispatched to check Chinese PLA march beyond Rakhi Nallah.

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