Union Minister for Home Affairs took part in the Raising Day function organized in Greater Noida on the 59th Raising Day of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
ITBP is one of the Central Armed Police Forces of India. It comes under Ministry of Home Affairs.
ITBPF is a specialized mountain force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers.
It was raised in 1962, in the wake of the Sino-Indian War of 1962 for deployment along India's border with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
ITBP was initially raised under the CRPF Act. However, in 1992, parliament enacted the ITBPF Act and the rules there under were framed in 1994.
Motto of the Force is ”Shaurya-Dridhata-Karma Nishtha” (Valour – Determination – Devotion to Duty).
Presently, ITBP is deployed on Border Guarding Duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3488 KM of India China Border. This was done in pursuance of GoM recommendations on ”One Border One Force”, In the year 2004.
Apart from guarding the border; the Force is also deployed for Anti Naxal operations and other internal security duties.
ITBP is also providing security to the pilgrims during Annual Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from 1981. Being the first responder for natural disaster, ITBPF has been carrying out numerous rescue and relief operations across the country.