New Delhi: In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Border Security Force (BSF) has asked its personnel to remain ”where they are”, stating that there would be no movement before April 21. Issuing a statement, the paramilitary force asserted that there would be no movement before April 21 as part of precautionary measures put in place due to coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?

Similar instructions have also been issued for the training centers where training programs were underway and due to terminate in forthcoming days. In telephone calls, the BSF has informed its personnel to follow the instructions and avoid any communication gap. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi

Yesterday, the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) had suspended all non-essential movement of its troops and staffers as they have extended their leaves by another 10 days, till April 15. The earlier orders were in the mid March asking jawans and officers of CAPFs to “be where they are” till April 5. Also Read - Over 8,000 COVID-19 Cases Recorded in India For Second Straight Day, Total Tally Goes Beyond 1.90 Lakh Mark; Death Toll at 5,394 | 10 Points

“Fresh orders have been issued and all non-essential and routine movements, transfers and postings have been put on hold. No such travel will take place in these forces till April 15 now,”  a senior official was quoted saying by news agency PTI.

“In order to cut down travel risk to prevent the possibility of spread of the disease during travel, the competent authority has directed that all personnel who are already on leave and likely to join duty before April 5 may be asked to extend leave till April 15, the order accessed by the news agency said.

“This may also be ensured by intimating affected personnel over phone by respective leave sanctioning authorities till further order, it added.

The order said the decision has also been taken “in view of the prevailing situation arising out of COVID-19 and the lockdown imposed by the government in the country .

The CAPFs have a combined strength of about 10 lakh personnel. These forces comprise the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG) has also been included in the order.