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Negligible chances of posting & transfer, says IG BSF

Shillong, Jun 30 (UNI) The chances of fresh posting of Border Security Force (BSF)
personnel under its Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters here are negligible, Inspector
General of BSF (Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters), Kuldeep Saini said on Tuesday.
“The posting chances are very negligible because there was an order of suspending
transfer and posting due to COVID. Therefore, we have hardly any case, except some
cases on compassionate grounds. Otherwise general postings are not being done,” he
told UNI.
Following three BSF personnel and a wife of one of them, who had come in from
outside having tested positive for COVID-19 here, the Meghalaya government has
urged the Union ministry of home affairs to keep on hold all transfers to and posting
of the para-military personnel in the State.
“All of them have returned to the State from their leave. Because of the lockdown
they were not able to come,” Saini said, adding that contact tracing has been done in
the border.
“We have no cases in the border. We are strictly following the health guidelines and
protocols issued by the government,” the top BSF official said.
“Many of them are returning back after the three months lockdown and they have
come back because they have performed duty and we cannot leave the border without
any security. Those people who have stayed back would now like to go back and be
with their families,” he said.
“If we don’t allow them to come back and if another person asks for leave then there
will be depletion of forces in the border,” he pointed out.
“Those who have returned, we are keeping them in quarantine for 14 days and then
depending on their conditions and completing their quarantine period they are being
sent to the border and other places,” Saini informed.
Stating that he too had gone out on leave was presently under self quarantine at home
on his return, the BSF IG said, “I am not attending the office for 14 days and work from
home”.
“Possibility of getting infected cannot be ruled out as no one knows how one could get
infected either travelling by train, flight or bus. Therefore, we are strictly following health
guidelines and protocols,” the BSF official iterated.
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