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BSF personnel celebrate Rakhi with a difference

Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times  Khasa, August 11, 2014
First Published: 13:45 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:46 IST(11/8/2014)

Abide by their motto — ‘Jeevan Paryant Kartavya’ (Duty for Life) — personnel of the Border Security Forces (BSF) stand tall on all occasions, even as several festivals go-by when they miss their family, their duty remains paramount to them.

BSF personnel, both men and women, unequivocally told HT: “Of course, we miss our family on such occasions, but Apne Desh Ke Liye Aaye Hai Yahan (we are here for our country). This is an era of technology, so we get connected with our family members through phones, messages and video chatting. Video chatting enables us to express our feelings live and receive the same in turn.”

Sukumaran C from Kerala and AK Pandey from Madhya Pradesh added: “On rakshabandhan, a group of sisters from Punjab along with tourists come to the Attari and honour us by tying Rakhi. Even students from various schools come to tie Rakhi on the eve of rakshabandhan.”

Deputy Commandant Rajendra Jha from Bihar said: “We miss that one Rakhi from our sister, but there are millions of sisters in India, who have high expectations from us.” However, the video chatting facility has added to the enthusiasm of the BSF personnel on this festival.

“BSF DIG MF Farooqui had taken this initiative on August 15, 2013 so that near and dear ones of the jawans could talk, see and feel each other live,” Deputy Commandant Jha added.

At the video chatting facility, jawans get connected with their family for about 10 minutes each.

However, everybody is not lucky here; jawans who come from remote areas of the country cannot use this facility.

“We have extended this facility to five BOPs, but if the network problem is not fixed we cannot extend it to all BOPs,” said Jha.

On the occasion, women personnel also tied Rakhis to fellow men jawan.

Women personnel Rupinder Kaur from Gurdaspur, Neelam Devi from Haryana and Usha Devi from Kerala said: “We thank Farooqui sir for the video chatting that has made us feel at home and enjoy the festival. We tie Rakhis to men jawans as we are like family staying together for the protecting the nation.”

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