|    February 24th, 2015   |   444

New Delhi 24 February 2014(N4C Desk)- India’s First Line of Defence, the Border Security Force, which has been safeguarding the India – Pakistan and India – Bangladesh borders since 1965 has come together with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation to organise an all Women Camel Safari along India’s international border with Pakistan. The month long safari has been started from The Rann of Kutch to Attari – Wagah joint border post in Punjab. BSF-1The flag-off was done at BSF Campus, 30 Bn BSF location, Bhuj on February 24, 2015 by M.K Singhla, IPS, Spl DG (Western Command) in presence of Santosh Mehra, IPS, IG BSF, Gujarat Ftr and other Officers, SOs, ORs and their families.

Before flag off, a colourful and spectacular camel parade and Tattoo show was organized. Thereafter, BSF Women camel riders and Tata foundation riders were introduced to the Chief Guest M K Singla.BSF-Camel

At this occasion the Chief Guest elaborated that such event will certainly give encouragement to women folk in the country and this women safari will create awareness among the border populations towards BSF duties and its hardship and will promote the sense of security among the border population of this Country.

The expedition aims to promote the spirit of adventure and enterprise among young women and men of India. From a national perspective, it will promote national integration and patriotism. The team will interact with the border population, youth clubs and school children at multiple locations. The teams would also be visiting various historical places along the way.

The participants undergone specially designed training programs organized by BSF’s Gujrat Frontier at Bhuj.

The expedition will largely run parallel to the international border with Pakistan. However, due to harsh condition at The Rann of Kutch, a few detours might be taken in the Gujarat areas. In totality the expedition will cover approximately 2300 Kms across three frontiers of BSF: 900 Kms in Gujarat, 1100 Kms in Rajasthan and 300 Kms in Punjab. Total (around 2300 Kms) will be covered. The entire route is quite adventurous includes three different types of terrain.

Team Composition: The expedition will be led by Dr. Saroj Shinde, Asstt Commandant of BSF alongwith 26 Women (12 from BSF and 14 from TATA Steel Adventure Foundation). 12 BSF women are Mahila Constable Prajapati Mital, Mahila Constable Prajapati Kamble, Mahila Sub Inspector Pintu Choudhary, Mahila Constable Deepa M, Mahila Constable Varsha K, Mahila Constable Ekonkr Durga, Mahila Constable Pinal Bahen Damor, Mahila Constable Saraswti V, Mahila Constable Kavita, Mahila Constable Santita Gound, Mahila Constable Mukesh Kumari and Mahila Constable Geeta Devi.