ITBP personnel will be taught Chinese languages, says Rajnath Singh
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ITBP personnel will be taught Chinese languages, says Rajnath Singh

Union home minister’s statement holds significances in the backdrop of recent standoffs with Chinese troops along the LAC; minister says government has made arrangements for the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Post to learn Chinese languages during their training

noida Updated: Oct 24, 2017 23:41 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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(From left) Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, Union home minister Rajnath Singh and ITBP director general RK Pachnanda at the 56th Raising Day of the ITBP in Greater Noida on Tuesday.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photot)

Greater Noida: In the backdrop of frequent standoffs with Chinese forces along the border, Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said it was important for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel to learn Chinese languages. Singh said the government had initiated the process to train jawans in the Chinese languages.

About a dozen languages are spoken in China, of which Mandarin is the most widely spoken.

Addressing ITBP personnel on their 56th Raising Day at the campus of the 39th battalion, he said, “The jawans speak the language of their state and Hindi, but it has become important to make you learn the Chinese languages during basic training. Many a time, there are face-offs and knowing Chinese (languages) becomes very important. We have made complete arrangements for you to learn Chinese (languages) during your training,” Singh said.

Earlier in June this year, an undated video went viral on the social media showing the Chinese troops jostling with Indian army personnel posted along the Line of Actual Control in Sikkim.

The video showed Chinese troops breaking the bunkers of Indian forces. The troops from both sides were seen responding aggressively in their respective mother tongue.

Talking about the new equipment procured for ITBP jawans, Singh said the government had initiated the process to provide more snow scooters to the ITBP border outpost (BoP) personnel, which is vigilant along the Himalayan border of 3,488 kilometers spanning across the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

“The Indian forces are serving the nation in harsh weather conditions, which cannot be felt or imagined by a person sitting in New Delhi. Our government is dedicated to serving you and ensuring you get maximum facilities,” Singh said.

Describing the weather condition of the Himalayan region, Rajnath Singh recalled his experience of visiting a BoP in 2015.

“I decided to stay for night at the BoP and the temperature was -10°C. The following day, the ITBP personnel took a shower and I could have only panchhi snan (a touch-and-go bath like birds),” Singh said.

Over the years, the ITBP has played an important role and when needed the personnel are deployed in northeast and Naxal-hit areas to ensure peace and tranquillity.

“The duties of ITBP personnel are multi-dimensional and we are constructing a model BoP in Lakdakh, which will have temperature of 20°C. Once this project is successful, we will made such model BoPs in Sikkim and eastern sector also,” Singh said.

Private players have been roped in to create such units for the jawans.

“Work has been initiated to upgrade 35 border outposts along the Himalayan border. Road, mobile and satellite connectivity problems prevail, but we have been successful in addressing them to a large extent,” Singh said.

Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma and ITBP Director General RK Pachnanda were also present.

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 23:41 IST