After 51 years of all-male membership, the Border Security Force (BSF) gets its first female combat officer.
Tanushree Pareek became the first woman combat officer to be commissioned in BSF since it began the induction of women officers in 2013. She will now be posted to command a unit along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab.
Pareek is a resident of Bikaner, Rajasthan. Following her selection in the civil services examination, 2014, she joined the force as the first woman in the officer rank.
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh himself inducted her into BSF by putting the rank stars on her shoulders during the piping ceremony.
Pareek, 25, led the passing out parade as well, where 67 trainee officers were present. The parade was reviewed by the Home Minister at the Border Security Force camp at Tekanpur.
While celebrating Pareek’s selection to the 2.5-lakh-strong force, he said the Centre has planned a new roadmap for the BSF to strengthen its security and to establish its plans to seal Indian borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Praising the BSF’s efforts, he called it the only force after the Indian military which has successfully operated and continues to operate on land, water and air.
The trainee officers who passed out on Saturday have undergone a 52-week training in battlecraft, intelligence gathering and other border guarding tasks before being commissioned into the force in the entry rank of Assistant Commandant.
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The Logical Indian lauds the efforts of the BSF to include women as “field officers” and we hope that the move encourages more women to opt for it as a career path.