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Govt okays promotions for over 9,600 border guards

NEW DELHI: The Government has approved a long-pending proposal to give promotion to over 9,600 paramilitary jawans in three border guarding forces by upgrading their posts, a move aimed at easing stagnation in the ranks.

The orders issued by the Union Home Ministry on March 2, will be implemented with an “immediate effect” and will ensure the much-awaited first promotion of 9,603 men and women.

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) will get a maximum of 4,095 upgraded posts followed by 3,024 for Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and 2,484 for Assam Rifles.

The decision is being seen as a major development to ease backlog in promotions in the lower ranks of the three forces that had been stuck since 2012.

These frontier forces had petitioned the Government in 2013 requesting for upgradation of one constable post in each section (comprising 10-12 personnel) of a battalion to the next level of head constable or havildar rank. (AGENCIES)

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