Searing heat on the border where the temperatures go fairly high can make one run for cover, but not Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, for whom guarding the borders without caring for extreme weather conditions has become second nature by now. What keeps them going amid trying conditions is their commitment to work.
As the HT team approached the Border Observation Post (BOP) at Rajataal along the fence in a BSF vehicle, the heat was unbearable. As we stepped out of the vehicle, we saw BSF jawans and women constables wearing full-sleeved combat uniforms, carrying rifles and patrolling the fence.
The BSF has increased the water supply for jawans doing the duty along the fence, but one can't help but admire the commitment of these jawans who are least bothered by the extreme weather conditions.
Amritsar city has seen temperatures touching 47 degree Celsius in the past few days; five people have died in the city due to the scorching heat.
But in this border area, where the heat is more because of the open area and no greenery, BSF jawans have to face tough conditions. "It is hot, but that does not affect our work. I took up the job to serve the nation, so I bravely face the harsh climate," said a woman BSF constable.
"For about six hours, we stand on the observation post and also patrol along the fence. We have ample water supply and if we need something, we get it from the nearby post, she adds.
Another head constable, who leads the patrol party, says, "It is hot here, but duty comes first. We take a lot of water and keep talking to our colleagues to keep their morale high."
Constables Vipan Kumar and Manoj Kumar, posted with 65 Battalion, say, "We are trained and know how to face these conditions. We have ample arrangement for water, and despite the heat, we feel no trouble. It is just because we are committed to guarding the fence."