India will never start a conflict with others, but will respond strongly if attacked, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday while addressing Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in Barmer.
On the second day of his visit to the India-Pakistan Border in Rajasthan, Singh said: “India never attacks anyone and we do not intend to occupy others’ land. Our heritage is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning the whole world is one family.’ …we never open’ fire first, but if attacked, in retaliation we never count the bullets after pulling the trigger.”
Interacting with security personnel, the Home Minister assured that the government will do everything to enhance infrastructure in the boarder. He said the government will take action to complete the floodlighting and a parallel road along the fencing and also the service conditions in the area.
Likening the border forces with farmers, the Home Minister said, “In the same way that a farmer toils hard in the field, the soldier too works hard at the border for the nation’s safety.”
In addition, the Home Ministry will improve the mobile connectivity with the sanction of more mobile towers close to the border and also address the shortage of bullet proof jackets, including the procuring lighter ones.
“The issue of camouflage uniform being uncomfortable in hot temperature flagged by the BSF personnel will also be addressed,” Singh said, as per a statement released by Home Ministry.
The Minister also expressed concern over shortage of drinking water facility at some of the outposts. The Home Ministry is expected to conduct a survey on the feasibility of providing piped water supply to all the BOPs.