Home minister Rajnath Singh addressed 53rd Raising Day of SSB
The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) celebrated its 53rd Anniversary Day on December 19. The Union home minister Rajnath Singh took the salute and inspected the parade contingent of different frontiers of the SSB. Singh also felicitated the awardees of President Police Medal and Indian Police Medal. Later, it was followed by a colourful display of SSB troops, dog squad, motorcycle riders and tabluex of Operational Directorate, Training and Sports Directorate of SSB.

The home minister applauded the performance of SSB in border guarding, internal security, anti-Naxal operation duties and rescue relief operations. He appreciated the work of SSB’s battalions deployed in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and said they are doing a commendable job in performing their law and order duties. He mentioned that the operational achievements of SSB were as per the expectations, even without having a dedicated intelligence unit. Singh said that the SSB must have such a unit and he will ensure that they get a dedicated intelligence unit shortly.

Addressing the occasion, Singh said that he pays tributes to those courageous soldiers who sacrificed for protecting the boundaries of the nation and lives of the citizens. He said that the SSB was fulfilling the responsibility of protecting the 2,450 kilometres boundary with Nepal and Bhutan. The boundary with Nepal and Bhutan is different because of the open borders and no restrictions on movement of people. This is the reason it becomes difficult to recognise anti-social elements, he pointed out.

On this occasion Singh released a coffee table book titled Civic Action Initiatives of the SSB covering the work done by the force for the benefit of people. He also released the SSB video theme song on this occasion.

Archana Ramasundaram, Director General, SSB, highlighted the achievements and initiatives taken by the SSB in border management.

The home minister also met a group of 145 girls, who came to Delhi in eight groups from different parts of the country under ‘Educational Excursion cum Study Tour’ organised by the SSB under its Civic Action Programme and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign.

The magnificent parade was attended by General V. Namgyal, Ambassador of Bhutan in India, Durjey Kumar Rai, Chief of Nepal Armed Police Force, Chiefs of CAPFs, senior officers from ministry of home affairs (MHA), retired and serving officers of the SSB and their families, school children, local leaders and villagers from the nearby villages.


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