India Post today issued a commemorative postage stamp on 50 Years of The Indo-Tibetan Border Police.Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin Pilot released the stamp at the ITBP headquarters. ITBP is an Indian force conceived on October 24, 1962 for security along the India\’s border with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, border covering 2115 kilometres.Only four battalions were sanctioned to begin with, to fill up the security vacuum that was prevalent at that time on the Indo-Tibetan border. Later in view of the additional responsibilities and the task redefined in 1976, the Force was restructured in 1978.
The ITBP is trained in Civil, Medical Camp, disaster management and nuclear, biological and chemical disasters. ITBP personnel have been deployed abroad in UN peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Haiti , Sudan, and elsewhere.
Presently, Battalions of ITBP are deployed on Border Guarding 3488 km of the India-China Border. Manned border posts are at altitudes as high as 21000’ in the Western, Middle and Eastern Sector of the border. ITBP is a mountain trained force and most of the officers and men are professionally trained mountaineers and skiers.