Border areas Current Affairs - 2020

Jharkhand approves Border Road Organization to recruit 11,800 workers

The roads near the border areas are of great importance in the current situation when Indian and Chinese armies are confronting each other in the eastern Ladakh region.

Highlights

In a highly tensile situation, the Jharkhand Chief Minister has approved the Border Road Organization to recruit 11,800 workers from the state to implement critical projects including those in the China border.

Memorandum of Understanding

Jharkhand state will also sign Memorandum of Understanding with the BRO to ensure welfare of the workers being recruited. The MoU was prepared by the Prime Minister Office and the Jharkhand state labour department.

Recruitment

The workers recruited are to be employed in Operation Vijayak in Ladakh, Project Beacon in Jammu and Kashmir, Project Deepak in Himachal Pradesh and Project Shivalik in Uttarakhand

Legislation

The BRO currently brings workers to Ladakh, Leh and Himachal Pradesh under “Mates-Local Network contact point”. This is being done twice every year. Once in April-May and in October-November.

Currently, the BRO has been given permission to recruit workers from Jharkhand under Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979.

Line of Actual Control: ITBP sanctions twin commands

On June 5, 2020, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police launced twin commands in Guwahati and Chandigarh ti supervise its deployment of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Highlights

The recent standoff between India and China in the regions of Ladakh and also in other parts of LAC is the main reason for the initiation commands. The western regions of the LAC are to be administered from the Chandigarh headquarters and the eastern from Guwahati.

What is the plan?

Around 90,000 personnel have been deployed in the border region. The commands that are being deployed were already sanctioned in October 2019. Around 35 to 28 batallions are to be deployed across the LAC border.

Functions

The commands deployed will administer movement of ITBP personnel. The commands will also streamline deployment, operations, intelligence and administrative movements of ITBP personnel in the region.

It is to be noted that the ITBP being deployed is trained for mountain warfare. The troops were also present with the Army during the recent stand off with the Chinese in the Ladakh area.