AGARTALA: Top-ranking officers of the Border Security Force (BSF) have agreed to rethink the leave and entertainment policies for jawans posted along the international border.
Jawans posted along the Tripura frontier have long been demanding better amenities and more annual leave for proper management of the India-Bangladesh border.
Interacting with the media at an event to mark the golden jubilee raising day of the paramilitary force, IG, Tripura Frontier, MF Farooque on Tuesday said the jawans' demand was legitimate.
"The jawans are even taking the extreme decision of committing suicide as they feel a sense of alienation at the border. The job of a BSF jawan is challenging in itself. The place of posting, always at the border, is difficult as civil life is minimal, as are other amenities like water supply, power and job satisfaction," Farooqui said. Two jawans of the Tripura Frontier committed suicide this year. "The exact cause of suicide is unknown but we have been doing our best to make every jawan happy," he said.
Jawans complained that they are allowed only two months' leave every year. As they are posted at border posts or on sentry duty, they perform roster duty even on Sundays and other public holidays, which go uncompensated during their leave period in many cases.
The IG said the Tripura Frontier has prepared a separate plan for better border management, taking into account the challenges of militancy, smuggling, other trans-border crime, peculiarities of terrain and demographic differences. Farooqui said the situation in Tripura is further complicated by the fact that it is prone to malaria which restricts frequent movement of jawans.