Today is 36th Raising day of the The National Security Guard (NSG). A function was organised in the Capital on Friday to mark the 36th Raising Day of the elite unit. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy said that the NSG is implementing government’s philosophy of the nation first and the successfully.
He appreciated the role of NSG in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and said that the entire nation is proud of the NSG for its commitment to serving the country in adversity. Stating the role of NSG, Reddy said be it the 2002 terrorist attack on Akshardham in Ahmedabad or the Mumbai terror attack of November 2008, the NSG displayed bravery and eliminated many terrorists, while saving many lives.
He also said that the NSG along with its operational work, also takes part in important measures taken by the government, such as the battle against Covid-19 pandemic, the Fit India Movement and is also taking part in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The NSG also organised a seminar in February 2020 to encourage the government’s Start Up plan. Environment projects such as Green Aravali, Solar Power, Water Harvesting and Sewerage Treatment are also being run, which is very commendable. Reddy also said that it is heartening that the campus of NSG is plastic free.
Union Minister of State for Home emphasised that the NSG is amongst those forces in the world which is equipped with the most modern technology. He said, today, terrorism has changed its shape and the NSG is also strengthening itself in terms of training and technology, and is a source of inspiration for other security forces in the country. Reddy said that while India believes from time immemorial in the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means that the whole world is one family and while we never think ill of any person or country, however if anyone tries to harm India, then we are capable of taking decisive action. MoS Reddy also released a book, “Shaurya” dedicated to the 19 Martyrs of NSG and presented Police Medals and Awards to NSG personnel on the occasion.
An elite counter-terrorism unit NSG has many achievements to its credit. Referred as the Black Cats, NSG has been involved in providing personal security to VIPs. in January 2020, the unit was withdrawn from this task of VIP security to ensure its focus on its original roles as an elite counter-terrorism and anti-hijacking force.
Trained to conduct counter-terrorist tasks to including counter hijacking tasks on the land, sea, and air; Bomb disposal (search, detection, and neutralization of IEDs); PBI (Post Blast Investigation) and Hostage Rescue missions, NSG has been working under the Home Ministry.