BSF on Monday said its personnel were "badly stressed" primarily due to election duties and that it was short of nearly 24,000 men.
Border Security Force (BSF) Director General AK Mitra also said that he was not satisfied with the quality of personnel joining the force of late.
Mitra made these remarks while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a foundation laying ceremony for a BSF building here.
On the sixth pay commission report, he said it had not been able to fully satisfy the needs of BSF personnel. "There are a few shortcomings in its recommendations," he said.
"The BSF had demanded constabulary hardship allowance, but it has been turned down," he said, adding the force was taking up the issue at appropriate levels.