MHA to take final call on transfer of 2,000 SSB staffers to IB this week

NEW DELHI: The Government is expected to take a final call soon on the transfer of a “dying” cadre of about 2,000 personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal to Intelligence Bureau to bolster the latter’s on-ground presence at India’s eastern borders with China, Nepal and other countries, sources said Wednesday.

They said Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba will hold a meeting this week with IB Director Rajiv Jain and newly appointed Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief S S Deswal.

According to the Home Ministry’s records, the agenda of the meeting is to discuss and finalise the long-drawn issue of “transfer of civil wing of SSB to IB”.

Deswal, who took charge as the SSB Director General on September 30, also held consultations with his senior officers at the forces’ headquarters here on Wednesday and elicited views of the civilian cadre on the proposed transfer.

“A number of personnel of the civilian cadre are in favour of getting transferred to the IB and this has been conveyed to the new DG,” a senior official privy to the development said. (AGENCIES)

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