Holiday Homes for ITBP Jawans Soon

Force chief Krishna Chaudhary laid the foundation stone for the first such home in Mussoorie in Uttarkhand.

Published: 23rd April 2016 04:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2016 04:15 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:  In an effort to boost the morale of lower rank personnel, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for the first time is setting up holiday homes for its jawans and their families at 12 locations across the country.

A senior official said the paramilitary force, tasked with securing the 3,488-km-long Sino-India border, would create exclusive ‘holiday homes’ for jawans. Force chief Krishna Chaudhary laid the foundation stone for the first such home in Mussoorie in Uttarkhand for a holiday home for the jawans.  The force has planned to create exclusive ‘holiday homes’ at places like Shimla, Almora, Joshimath, Madurai, Gangtok, Chittoor and Sarhan in Himachal Pradesh among others.

“A total of 12 such locations have been chosen to build these retreat homes. The infrastructure will be created on ITBP premises already available at these places. These retreats have been planned as officers and their families have such facilities, but there were very few for jawans who are the backbone of the force, raised in 1962,” Chaudhary said.

As per the plans, four families of the jawans could stay at these holiday homes, and the unit commanders and field leaders will be asked to ensure that the personnel avail of these facilities during their leave period.

“The retreat homes are being created as part of the welfare scheme initiated by the force for its personnel, especially in the lower ranks,” he said, adding that a basic government service charge will be levied for utilising these facilities. The 80,000-personnel force is deployed in the hill states of the country along the China border.

{ These retreats have been planned as officers and their families have such facilities, but there were very few for jawans who are the backbone of the force, raised in 1962 — senior itbp official

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