India’s Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu appreciated the civic action programme of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and said that such programme increase the acceptance of the police among the public. He called upon the force personnel to upgrade their professional efficiency in view of the newer challenges arising out of cyber technology.
Sh. Naidu was addressing the gathering at the Passing out Parade ceremony of the 50th Batch of the Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers (DAGOs) of CRPF in the premises of the CRPF Academy, Gurugram. Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu also called upon the government and the authorities helming the force to give attention to the facilities being provided to the personnel of the force, especially those who are posted in difficult and inaccessible areas. He said that their is to take special care of the health and educational requirements of the families of the force personnel.
Appreciating the role of the India’s largest central para military force, Sh Naidu said that CRPF has played a key role in maintaining the unity and integrity of the nation. This force has a glorious past, praise-worthy present and a future filled with hope and service. . Sh. Naidu said CRPF personnel have always won the faith and confidence of the people where ever they have been deployed.
He said CRPF has played a significant role right from the days of unification of the country to successfully tackling separatism in the North east and terrorism in Punjab. Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana graced the occasion as he Guest of Honor.
Earlier, Director General of CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, in his welcome address, said that CRPF is the world’s largest armed police force and is the lead force in tackling the issues of internal security of the country. Underlining 78 years of glorious history of the force Sh.Bhatnagar said that the force personnel have always exhibits the highest standards of valour and sacrifice.
He said last year only CRPF personnel have been awarded as many as 135 Gallantry medals including seven Shaurya Chakras, which is a record in itself. He said that the force has constantly been upgrading itself tactically and strategically to effectively meet different sort of challenges.
On the occasion, the Chief Guest Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu presented gallantry medals to the awardees and trophies to the trainee officers. Those who were honoured today include 18 officers and other ranks, who received Police Medals for Gallantry. Similarly, trainee officers like Nishant Yadav (All round Best Trainee), Gyanendra Giri (Best in outdoor subjects), Banai Singh Meena (Best in physical training) and Ujjwal Kumar Tiwari (Best Firer) received trophies from the Vice President. With their passing out today, the officers will undergo specialized counter insurgency training before being posted in different parts of the country.
Earlier, the chief guest Sh. Venkaiah Naidu, inspected the parade and took salute in the colourful march past. As many as 48 trainee officers including 4 lady officers,11 post-graduates and as many as 37 engineering graduates passed out from the academy today, after undergoing a rigorous training of 52 weeks.
According to a press release, like the previous batches of the DAGOs of CRPF, this Batch too bears a pan-Indian character with the trainee officers representing as many as 16 states of India having different socio-educational background. It may be mentioned here that the recruitment of Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers (DAGOs) in CRPF took place for the first time in 1961. They were imparted basic training at the then Central Police Training College at Mount Abu. From 1963 onwards the DAGOs were imparted training at the Central Training College-I, CRPF, Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh) which continued till 1975.
On shifting of National Police Academy to Hyderabad, the training of DAGOs was shifted to Mount Abu where the Internal Security Academy was established on 1st February, 1975. Subsequently, DAGOs were trained at ISA, CRPF, Mount Abu. Rapid expansion of the Force coupled with increasing demand for more professional and in-service courses vis-à-vis modernization of weaponry, equipment and transport had made it necessary that an Academy exclusively dedicated for the training of Officers is catered for.