Leave mark of patriotism, honesty on borders, PM tells BGB men
She opens Ramu HQs of border guards, two more battalions
Published : Friday, 9 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 500
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the newly set up BGB Ramu region headquarters. She also opened BGB's newly formed Narayanganj and Gazipur battalions.
In the inauguration ceremony at the headquarters of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Pilkhana in the city, the Prime Minister told the BGB members, "The important and great responsibility of protecting the border of the country is entrusted upon you.
"It is your sacred responsibility to keep the highest signature of your patriotism and honesty while working on the border."
Sheikh Hasina said, "You have to work with sincerity and honesty so that drug cannot enter our country and our country cannot be used as the route of drug smuggling."
In the programme, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and BGB Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam were, among others, present.
Sheikh Hasina praised the hard work of the BGB members on Bangladesh-Myanmar border, saying her government approved the establishment of Ramu Region Headquarters in July last year taking into consideration various issues on Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
The government has already approved additional15,000 manpower for BGB and four more sectors, 10 battalions, dog training and breeding unit and new training institution would be established, she said. An air wing of the BGB has been created aimed at strengthening the organizational base and operational capacities of the force. Two helicopters are being purchased soon for the air wing, she said.
According to BGB website, BGB has a total of five region headquarters, including the newly formed Ramu region headquarters, Cox's Bazar.
The four other region headquarters are South-West Region, North-West Region, North-East Region and South-East Region.
The Ramu regional headquarters has been formed on an adhoc basis to step up surveillance on Bangladesh-Myanmar borders, prevent smuggling of goods, particularly Yaba, and resist different terrorist and militant groups and any possible untoward incidents along the borders.
There are seven battalions of two sectors --Cox's Bazar Sector and Bandarban Sector-- and the regional intelligence bureau under the Ramu Region Headquarters. The seven battalions include Cox's Bazar, Naikkhongchhari, Teknaf, Ramu, Bolipara, Ruma and Ali Kadam.
The newly formed Narayanganj and Gazipur battalions have started their operation with limited manpower.
Besides, a process is underway to form two more battalions at Abdullapur and Savar in Dhaka.
Now the BGB is operated through its 12 sectors, 47 battalions and many other border outposts.
The government created four new regions, four new sectors and 15 battalions, including ICT battalion, for BGB after it returned to power in 2009.
She said and disclosed her government's plan to set up a BGB battalion in every 75 kilometers of the border area and set up a BOP in every five kilometers.
The Prime Minster said the process of setting up two river battalions are going on for patrolling in the river areas near the Naaf River and the Sundarban forest. Four highly sophisticated vessels are being procured for this purpose.
She said initiatives were taken to build Border Road while Border Surveillance and Response System, with modern technologies and vehicles, is being set up in about 328-kilometer area including Cox's Bazar border.