Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jan 2019 09:54:46


WITH a slew of measures put in force to upgrade the operational capabilities of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) by the Union Government in the last few months, the move to pitchfork the paramilitary force into a critical role was on cards.

As expected, the Government has ordered moving a strategic ITBP command from its current base in Chandigarh to the border of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. This total shift of the ITBP command will ensure a better coordination between the Indian Army and the paramilitary on the sensitive Indo-China border. By moving the entire command ‘lock, stock and barrel’ the Government has ensured a key role for the ITBP without shedding the force’s identity.

A co-ordinated force along the Sino-Indian border is a prudent strategy in wake of the growing military build-up by China along the Eastern flank. After strengthening military muscle along the Arunachal Pradesh border by moving ITBP’s  NE frontier from Shillong to Itanagar, the latest move is another statement of intent against China.


THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has done well to crackdown on shelter homes which have, over time, become dens  of misuse and ill treatment of destitutes. With the Supreme Court ordering a crackdown on these shelter homes, the CBI has registered six new cases against shelter homes in Bihar for abuse of inmates.

The gross violation of human rights and inhuman treatment of those taking shelter in those shelter homes came to fore when the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) released its study report on some of the shelter homes last year. It was then that the barbarism perpetrated on helpless destitute people, especially young girls and boys, came to fore, prompting the Supreme Court to order the CBI to take over the investigations in the matter.

It is indeed pathetic that neither local police in Bihar nor the Government administration showed any concern over the plight of the inmates. As usual the Supreme Court had to take cognisance and entrust the investigations to the CBI. This ironic situation needs to be watched further.