Centre to provide 10 more paramilitary companies at Punjab borders: Punjab CM Mann


Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday informed that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre will provide more companies of 


forces for improving border security. The decision has been taken in a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah held today (May 19). 

“I met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and discussed several matters including issues of national security and technology infrastructure to enhance border management services. 10 more companies of Security Forces will be provided by the Centre,”  said Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann.

“We requested anti-drone technology. He (Union HM Amit Shah) said that we will work together in regard to national security. Several other matters including the Basmati crop and Punjab quota issue in Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) were also discussed,” added the Chief Minister. 

The issue of national security holds great significance as the state had recently witnessed a grenade blast. On May 9, a Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) was fired at the Punjab Police’s Intelligence headquarters in Mohali, triggering a blast at the site, Punjab DGP Viresh Kumar Bhawra said. 

After the attack, a popular separatist group claimed took the responsibility for carrying out the attack. 

Earlier the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) informed about the meeting and said there will be discussions on multiple issues regarding the state.  

Border security, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), and issues pertaining to the farmers were likely to be on the top agenda of the meeting.

Notably, the farmers have been protesting against the Punjab government near the Chandigarh-Mohali border over various demands that include bonus on wheat.

Meanwhile, political parties in Punjab, barring the BJP, are against the Centre’s decision to amend the rules regarding appointments to two key positions on the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). The Central Government issued a notification on February 23 2022 to amend the BBMB Rules 1974, thereby changing the criteria for the selection of whole-time members of the Board. 



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