ITBP inducts first women officers on combat service

Source: The Hindu

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force which guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the India-China border has commissioned its first two women officers in combat after they completed their training here.

Women in ITBP:
  • The ITBP started recruiting women combat officers in its cadre from 2016 through an all-India examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). 
  • Before this, it had combat women only in the constabulary ranks.
  • These women officers recruited will now be posted across ITBP formations in the country, including along the LAC with China and the anti-Naxal operations theatre in Chhattisgarh.
About ITBP:
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF) is a Central Armed Police Force(CAPF) functioning under the Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  • Origin: ITBP was initially raised in 1962 under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Act, 1949 in the backdrop of 1962 during the India-China War 
  • However, in 1992, parliament enacted the ITBPF Act and the rules were framed in 1994.
  • Mandate: ITBP is India’s primary border patrol organization for its border with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It is also deployed for Anti Naxal Operations and other internal security duties.
  • Moreover, ITBP personnel have also been deployed abroad in UN peacekeeping missions.
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