NEW DELHI: The Border Security Force (BSF) has launched two ambitious projects to curb suicides and depression amongst its soldiers.
It has also introduced a ‘wellness quotient assessment’ test in their annual medical checkup.
The 2.65-lakh personnel force, tasked to secure Indian borders along Pakistan and Bangladesh, has earmarked select troops locations, men and women to conduct the maiden and scientifically prepared pilot projects.
BSF Director General K K Sharma, in an interview to PTI, said he has initiated the projects with a concern to reduce such instances in the force on a priority basis.
“Deaths due to heart attacks, suicides and accidents have killed more troops than in operations in the past. But, as far as suicides are concerned, this number has come down due to a number of steps taken and a number of capsule courses on stress management.
“We are doing some new things now for early identification of personnel who are in stress or in trouble. Such instances are reduced to the best extent possible,” the BSF DG said.
We have launched recently a ‘wellness quotient assessment test’ which is a multi-point questionnaire linked to the annual medical test of soldiers and officers’, the Director General added.