New Delhi, Oct 29: Months after the Doklam standoff, the government has armed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) with the country’s primary communication satellite, to keep an eye along the China border. With this development, the ITBP personnel will be able to supervise feeds from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) geostationary communication satellite, GSAT-6. Also Read - Republic Day 2021: ITBP Jawans March With Indian Tricolour at 17,000 Feet in Frozen Ladakh | Watch Video
Talking to Hindustan Times, RK Pachnanda, the director general of the force said,”The ITBP has been designated the nodal agency for obtaining and channelising GSAT-6 communication satellite.” Besides its primary task of communication, GSAT 6 which was launched two years ago has ability to perform multiple tasks such as aiding in navigation, collecting data and image mapping. Also Read - Space Tech-startup to Send India’s First Homegrown Earth-imaging Satellite on ISRO Rocket
According to the reports, if ITBP notices anything suspicious along the 3,500km Sino-Indian border from Arunachal Pradesh, it will immediately alert the government and security agencies. Also Read - Attack Was Work Of Sophisticated Espionage Agency, Not of Street Thug: ISRO's Tapan Misra
Earlier, while addressing personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Rajnath Singh had announced a slew of measures to boost the capabilities of the force. “We are committed to enhancing your operational and infrastructure capabilities. Recently, we got a proposal to build 50 new border posts for the force and we are working on it,” the home minister had said. The defence ministry had also recently decided to significantly enhance infrastructure along this border including around the areas of dispute with the Chinese forces.
Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a tense border standoff for over two months at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction, but on August 28, both China and India agreed for expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site.
(With inputs from agencies)