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BSF gets first woman combat officer after 51 years

New Delhi, March 27, 2017: Tanushree Pareek on Saturday became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.

Updated:Sunday, March 26, 2017, 19:58

BSF gets first woman combat officer after 51 yearsNew Delhi, March 27, 2017: Tanushree Pareek on Saturday became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in the 51-year history of the BSF, the country’s largest border guarding force. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.

Pareek, 25, also led the passing out parade of 67 trainee officers that was reviewed by Union home minister Rajnath Singh at the Border Security Force camp at Tekanpur.

A resident of Rajasthan’s Bikaner, she is the first woman to join the force in the officer rank after she was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in 2014.

The Union home minister himself put the rank stars on the shoulders of Pareek during the piping ceremony.

The force had begun induction of woman officers in 2013.

While praising the first woman “field officer” of the 2.5-lakh-strong force, Singh said the Centre has chalked out a new roadmap to strengthen border security and it plans to seal Indian borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan.

He added the BSF has built 73 border outposts, out of 76 such border structures constructed in recent times.

Lauding the force raised in 1965, Singh said BSF has changed the rules of engagement at the international borders and now it is a “known entity” in the neighbouring countries.

He praised the BSF saying it is the only force after the Indian military which operates on land, water and air as it has a dedicated air and water wing apart from foot soldiers.

Source: The Hindustan Times

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