The Union minister of home affairs Rajnath Singh on March 24 praised the contribution of the CRPF in meeting various security challenges posed by terrorism, Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) violence and insurgents in the Northeast. Singh was addressing the Force personnel at Gurugram on the occasion of Force’s 79th anniversary.
Singh recalled several incidents where the valiant jawans of the CRPF successfully thwarted miscreants’ evil designs and said the country is proud of the CRPF. He said the Force played a prominent role in ensuring safety and security which is a prerequisite for the economic development of the country.
He said CRPF was successful in inflicting heavy losses on Maoists who were using tactics of desperation as the battle is in the final stages. He urged the Force to inform the people of the government’s development programmes while highlighting anti-development activities of the Maoists. Highlighting the multi-dimensional role of the Force, he said whether it is Jammu and Kashmir, Left-Wing Extremism, the Northeast, elections or internal security, the country looks up to the CRPF.
The minister added that CRPF was not only organising Civic Action Programmes, but also taking active part in Swachhata Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan and encouraging digital transactions.
On the occasion, the minister presented medals and citations to the kins of martyrs and other personnel of the Force for their commendable performance. Earlier the home minister inspected the CRPF contigents and took the salute.
Speaking on the occasion, DG CRPF R.R. Bhatnagar touched upon various valiant deeds performed by the force personnel since it began its journey in 1939. He said that due to the active involvement of the force in Jammu and Kashmir, LWE areas and the Northeast, as many as 172 terrorists and many Maoists have been neutralised during the last one year alone. He assured that CRPF will always rise to the challenge of internal security and come out with flying colours.
The ceremony came to a close with a splendid show of acrobatics and impressive daredevilry of the CRPF canine squad.