Barmer (Rajasthan), Oct 9: Reiterating that India will never attack anyone but will not hesitate to retaliate to any invasion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that in such an eventuality “we will not count the bullets”.
Rajnath Singh was talking to security personnel after assessing the security situation at the Rajasthan border here on Saturday.
“India never opens fire first, but if attacked, in retaliation we never count the bullets after pulling the trigger,” Singh said addressing the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on the second day of his visit to Rajasthan.
Rajnath Singh had visited Murar and adjoining border outposts in Jaisalmer district and interacted with the BSF jawans on Friday.
The Home Minister, who visited BSF's Munabao Border Outpost, assured the BSF personnel that the government will do everything to improve the border infrastructure, including completing the floodlighting and a parallel road along the fencing, and also their service conditions.
“We believe in the principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means the whole world is one family, he said adding “we don’t want to occupy other’s land”.
Singh also praised the BSF personnel who guard the borders effectively despite adverse temperature and difficult desert terrain guard.
Noting that some of the border outposts do not have proper telephone facility, the Home Minister said that mobile connectivity will be improved with the sanction of more mobile towers close to the border and in the meantime, more satellite phones will also be provided at the Border Outposts or BOP.
The Home Ministry will also address the shortage of bullet-proof jackets and also consider procuring lighter ones.
Singh also expressed concern over shortage of drinking water facilities at some of the outposts and mentioned that a survey would be conducted on the feasibility of providing piped water supply to all the BOPs.
On camp security, Singh said the BSF proposal for constructing safety walls and ring bunds on the periphery of the Battalion headquarters and border outposts will be examined.
“The issue of camouflage uniform being uncomfortable in hot temperature flagged by the BSF personnel will also be addressed,” said a release quoting the Home Minister.
Singh said the Director General, BSF and Secretary (Border Management) accompanying him have taken note of all issues of concern raised by the BSF troopers at the BOPs.