It is a matter of profound priviledge and honour to take over the command of prestigious Meghalaya Frontier. Established in 1971 (the oldest Frontier in the North-East), this Frontier was responsible for all North-Eastern States. However, at present, the Frontier looks after the Bangladesh border falling in Meghalaya State only.
The journey of 45 years of this Frontier is full of valor and supreme sacrifices made by the Bordermen in counter-insurgency operations, internal security operations, 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and other operations on the International Border. I take this opportunity to salute and pay tribute to all the brave martyrs who made their supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and especially to those 09 Bordermen who laid down their lives at BOP Kilapara (West Garo Hills district), Meghalaya on 25th May 1971 while protecting our motherland.
Meghalaya shares 443 Kms International boundary with Bangladesh. The area is mountainous covered with dense forests, interspersed with number of rivers and rivulets running through the deep gorges entering into Bangladesh. The hot and humid climatic conditions, heavy rains, PF Malaria and elephant menace are the inherent problems requiring specialized strategy to deal with them.
Meghalaya Frontier also has complex issue of management 13 pieces of APLs(Adverse Possession Land) which are being resolved as a result of Land Boundary Agreement between India& Bangladesh.
Construction of fencing in unfenced feasible gaps, border roads connectivity, energization of border flood lights, use of force multipliers, surveillance equipment and other technological innovations to dominate feasible gaps and enhancing effectiveness of borderman will also be ensured. Creation of quality infrastructure at HQrs & BOPs, along with essential services will also be ensured in a time-bound manner.
Apart from above, transparent administration, improvement in working/living conditions and other needs of Bordermen will be given top priority. The welfare of the BSF personnel & their families will also be a priority area. Measures will also be taken up to ensure sound health of Bordermen . Cordial, inter-personal relations, prompt redressal of grievances are the matters of concern.
The relations with the border populace, which is an important stakeholder in the process of border guarding, be further strengthened by undertaking various developmental activities under BADP and Civic Action Programme for greater cohesion between villagers and BSF personnel.
I exhort and call upon all Officers & men of this Frontier to put in thier best and leave no stone unturned in meeting all the challenges in the best possible manner to serve our Nation.
PAWAN KUMAR DUBEY
Inspector General, BSF