The 11th Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) engaged in border security in Pegong, Sikkim has flagged off a cycling expedition for villages and remote areas of Sikkim’s borders. This was flagged off by the Minister of Culture, Roads and Bridges of Sikkim, Somdup Lepcha. In his address Lepcha congratulated the ITBP for this campaign and said that ITBP’s voluntary service contribution in every field in the state, along with security, is greatly appreciated.
The distance of 218 km will be completed in the campaign in about 20 days. During this time, the members of this campaign team of ITBP in the border areas and villages will not only spread awareness about COVID-19 but will also organize many medical and Veterinary camps. The ITBP will also make people aware of hygiene and will also distribute cleanliness related materials to them. The force has also determined that during this campaign, information about government schemes related to public concern will also be tried to reach the border people. Also, local youth will be informed about recruitment opportunities in ITBP.
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This group of 18 members will complete its campaign in odd geographical and seasonal conditions. It will reach Gurudongmar lake located in the north and will start its return journey. The team also includes ITBP trained climbers and rescue operations specialists. Since its inception during the Indo-China War, the ITBP has been stationed on the arduous borders of India-China and is considered an expert mountaineering force. The force has successfully completed more than 215 mountaineering expeditions. On 24 October, 58 years of the establishment of ITBP will be completed.
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