MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
MANDORE ROAD, JODHPUR(RAJASTHAN)
The border of Rajasthan Frontier was guarded by the RAC (Rajasthan Armed Constabulary) prior to raising of the Border Security Force. During Dec 1965 Border Security Force was raised and took over the responsibility of Western Frontier in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab on 01 June'1966.
Brig Apjee Randhir Singh was the first DIG of Rajasthan Sector with HQr at Jodhpur. Frontier HQ of Rajasthan and Gujarat was established on Ist Nov 1971 at Jodhpur under the command of Shri M P Singh, IPS, as its first Inspector General, During May 1972, one new Sector i.e. Bikaner Sector was raised. Later, on Ist April 1989 one more Sector HQ was established, at Jaisalmer and Sector Headquarters at Jodhpur was shifted to Barmer.
Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier was commanded by following Inspector's General :-
The total length of Indo-Pak border of Raj &Guj Frontier was 1545 Kms including 104 Kms Creek area.
During 1971 India-Pak war the troops of Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier were decorated for their gallant action. Following awards were bestowed on the personnel for their valuable contributions during the war :-
During 1986, Shri K S Rathore, IPS the then Inspector General, Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier had raised a Camel mounted brass band which now regularly participates in Republic day parade at Delhi every year and has earned the Force the distinction of having the unique Camel mounted brass band. The responsibility for training the Camel contigent as well as Camel mounted brass band is delegated to STC of the Frontier. Besides this the STC also conducts Force level and Frontier level courses.
On 12 July 2004 Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier was bifurcated into two Frontiers i.e. Rajasthan Frontier and Gujarat Frontier. Shri S N Jain, IPS is the first IG of Rajasthan Frontier with HQr at Jodhpur. Now Rajasthan Frontier has four Operational Sectors, i.e. Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer-I and Jaisalmer-II. One Subsidiary Training Centre is located at Jodhpur adjacent to the Frontier HQrs, two BSF Arty Regiments one each located at Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
BRIEF ABOUT RAJASTHAN STATE
Rajasthan state is located in western part of India sharing its western border with Pakistan and bound on north by Punjab and Haryana, east by UP and MP and South by Gujarat. Rajasthan state has 07 divisions and 32 Districts. Four Districts namely Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Barmer share internationals border with Pakistan. The total length of this border from BP No. 274 to BP No. 921 which is 1037 Kms. Out of this a stretch of 804 Kms covering border of Sriganganagar District, Bikaner District and Jaisalmer District, is being guarded by Rajasthan Frontier and remaining 233 Kms of border of Barmer District has been shifted under Gujarat Frontier.
There is a famous Temple at Tanot located 120 Km from Jaisalmer and it is named after goddess Tanot. The place is said to be incarnation of Goddess Hinglaz now located in Lasvela Distt of Bluchistan. The last of Pak Bhati Rajput made Tanot as their capital. The place is a great source of inspiration for troops of BSF and Army due to the miracle that happened during 1965 Indo Pak war when all the enemy shells fired on site get blind and they were no casualities of own troops. For more details Click here.
ROLE OF THE BSF:
Security of border of India and matters connected therewith.
TASKS OF THE BSF:
tasks of the BSF are divided as follows:
(a) Peace time:
In the last few years the BSF has, in addition to their duties, been deployed for counter insurgency and internal security duties.
(b) War Time:
The BSF, in its 46th year of existence, has emerged as an elite force of the country having excelled with distinction in the 1971 war with Pakistan. Its ethos is "Any task, any time, any where" and the BSF has given blood and sweat to execute its motto "जीवन पर्यन्त कर्तव्य".
FENCING /FLOOD LIGHTING/ROADS:
The concept of border fencing, flood lighting and construction of roads has been introduced with the aim to stop infiltration/exfiltration on the border.