The Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday that there are 5,151 vacancies in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force (ITBP). The ITBP is the primary force deployed along the border with China.
“The recruitment for 5,151 vacancies in various ranks by the ITBP as well as recruitment agencies is currently underway. Recruitment in the force is an ongoing process and is being conducted regularly for the vacancies arising in the force,” Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The Budget allocation for ITBP has seen a consistent rise since 2020-21, the data showed. The funds allocated for ITBP stood at ₹6,387.33 crore in 2020-21, which increased to ₹7,588.43 in 2021-22 and ₹8,196.98 crore in 2022-2023.
On February 15, the Cabinet Committee on Security sanctioned raising of seven battalions of the ITBP by 2025-26. This will increase the strength of the force from the current 88,000 to 97,000.