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Cushion for jawans who put their best foot forward

Jawans putting their best foot forward at the daily retreat ceremony at the Attari border with Pakistan may look very impressive. But it’s a health hazard for the BSF personnel manning the gates at Punjab’s border with Pakistan. Aseem Bassi reports.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2009 02:49 IST
Aseem Bassi

Jawans putting their best foot forward at the daily retreat ceremony at the Attari border with Pakistan may look very impressive. But it’s a health hazard for the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel manning the gates at Punjab’s border with Pakistan.

The show put up by the tall, smartly attired BSF men at sundown draws hundreds of people to the border checkpost every day. On occasions such as Republic Day and Independence Day, the audience swells to 3,000.

For the jawans, however, the cheers and the clapping at their heavy and aggressive stomping come at a price — damage to their legs and backs.

Concerned about the harm done to the jawans’ health by the daily stomping, the BSF has decided to ease the strain on the men specially selected for the ritual by laying a special surface in the parade area.

“Our jawans’ feet receive tremendous shocks during the retreat ceremony,” BSF deputy inspector general Mohammed Aquil told HT. “This is not only painful for the feet but creates back problems at times. We have decided to lay a special surface on the parade area on the Attari checkpost to give them some comfort.”

The BSF has already floated a tender for laying a special surface, which will ease the shock every time a soldier bangs his foot on the ground.

“The new surface will come up shortly,” Aquil said. “This will not only lessen the shock but will also be more durable and look smart. This surface has been laid at roundabouts in various metropolitan cities.”