Addressing Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Barmer on Saturday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “We never open fire first, but if attacked, in retaliation we never count the bullets after pulling the trigger.” On the second day of his visit to the India-Pakistan Border in Rajasthan, Singh visited the BSF’s Munabao border outpost in Barmer with MoS, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju.
“India never attacks anyone and we do not intend to occupy others’ land. Our heritage is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning the whole world is one family.’ …we never open fire first, but if attacked, in retaliation we never count the bullets after pulling the trigger,” a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau quoted Singh as saying. The Home Minister likened soldiers serving at the border with farmers. “In the same way that a farmer toils hard in the field, the soldier too works hard at the border for the nation’s safety,” he told mediapersons.
Lauding the morale of BSF personnel despite the adverse temperature and difficult desert terrain, the Home Minister assured them that the government would do everything to improve border infrastructure and the conditions in which they served.
He said the damaged border fence at some places would be urgently repaired and it would be periodically reviewed. He said floodlights will be installed and a parallel road along the border fencing would also be laid to facilitate effective patrolling.
Noting that some of the border outposts do not have proper telephone connectivity, the Home Minister said mobile connectivity would be improved by sanctioning more mobile towers close to the borders.
Singh said the Home Ministry would also address the shortage of bulletproof jackets and consider procuring lighter jackets. He expressed concern at the shortage of drinking water facility at some of the border outposts, and said a survey would be conducted on the feasibility of providing piped water supply to the outposts.
Speaking on camp security, Singh said a BSF proposal for constructing safety walls and ring bunds on the periphery of battalion headquarters and border outposts would be examined. The issue of camouflage uniform being uncomfortable in hot temperature, as flagged by BSF personnel, would also be addressed, he said.
The Home Minister later tweeted pictures of the visit. “Visited Munabao BOP in Barmer district today. I salute these BSF personnel who are guarding the borders in extremely challenging environment.”