Guwahati : The government of India is charting out plans to divest the Army of operational control over India’s oldest paramilitary force the Assam rifles, responsible for guarding Myanmar border, and is likely to merge it with ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police), which guards borders along China.
The proposal might soon be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), but not before the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) gave its approval.
In an affidavit filed in the Delhi HC, former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba had said the CCS note was to resolve the “issue of dual control over Assam Rifles”. It was decided that both the ministries (defence being the other) shall abide by the CCS decision.
Sources said once the control issue was resolved, Assam Rifles could be merged with ITBP and given responsibility of guarding Myanmar border. They said reason for doing so was to ensure ITBP got better operational manoeuvrability by rotating personnel from difficult Himalayan posting to Myanmar border plains.