On the paramilitary force's 49th raising day, Modi said in a tweet: "On BSF Raising Day, we salute our BSF personnel, who tirelessly & courageously protect our borders. Their dedication & valour always inspire."

Established on December 1, 1965, BSF is world's largest border guarding force charged with defending India's land border during peace time and preventing transnational crime.

BSF is one of the eight Central Armed Police Forces of the of the country.

It was raised in the wake of the 1965 War on 1 December 1965, "for ensuring the security of the borders of India and for matters connected there with".



BSF is a Central Armed Police Force charged with guarding India's land border during peace time and preventing transnational crime. It is a Union Government agency under the administrative control of
Ministry of Home Affairs.

BSF has its own cadre of officers but its head, designated as a Director-General (DG), since its raising has been an officer from the Indian Police Service, who wears the same badges of ranks as an Indian Army Lieutenant General.

The security force has grown exponentially from a few battalions in 1965, to 186 battalions with strength of 240,000 personnel including an expanding air wing, marine wing, artillery regiments, and commando units. It currently stands as the world's largest border guarding force.

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