Union Home Minister Sh. Amit Shah today reviewed the functioning of CRPF at the Force headquarters in New Delhi. He was given a detailed presentation on CRPF by Sh. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, DG, CRPF. High ranking officials of the Ministry as well as CRPF were present on the occasion.
On his maiden visit to the CRPF Directorate after assuming charge as the Union Home Minister, Sh. Shah was given a ceremonial Guard of Honour . He was then ushered into the entrance where he garlanded the holy URN carrying the sacred soil of Sardar Post, Gujarat-the historic place where mere two companies of CRPF had repulsed an attack by a full brigade of Pakisthani army, way back in 1965.
Earlier, Sh. Shah was also briefed about the history of CRPF and also on the gallantry of the Force personnel as he looked through the ‘valour and heritage gallery’ across the lobby.
The Minister spent about two hours with the senior officers of the Force before leaving.
The Hon’ble Home Minister was apprisedof the organizational structure of the CRPF and its special forces. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir and CRPF’s requirements of infrastructure and equipments were discussed. The Home Minister directed that effective action should be taken against the terrorists and Law and Order be maintained. He also directed that the Civic Action Programmes be carried out, besides organizing sports and tours. The CRPF should also reach out to the villagers and assist them in obtaining the benefits of many central schemes which are applicable to them. Proper Winter provisioning for the forces should be done and their welfare looked after. He also appreciated the performance of the CRPF in that theatre. The situation in the Maoist affected states and measures being taken for improving the infrastructure of the camps and measures against improvised explosive devices were also discussed. The Home Minister directed the CRPF to carry out an effective and decisive campaign against Left Wing Extremism in the next six months. Action needs to be taken against the urban Naxals and their facilitators. The Home Minister emphasized that the road connectivity and medical infrastructure in LWE areas should be upgraded. The Home Minister also directed that the health of the jawans and their families should be well looked after. Digital health-cards should be made and there should be periodical health checks also for their families. The Home Minister directed that senior Officers should visit the families of Martyrs and spend time with them understanding their requirements so that their problems are resolved. A data-base should also be made of the martyrs’ families and their basic issues and grievances should be systematically addressed. He expressed concern about the hard and long deployment of jawans in difficult theatres and discussed various measures for giving them relief and an opportunity to stay with their families. He directed that the building infrastructure of the CRPF and their residential quarters should be improved and more quarters at different duty locations of CRPF should be constructed. He also directed that cutting edge technologies and the state-of-art equipments should be identified which are required for operational purposes. He also emphasized the make-in-India effort and also asked the forces to use Khadi and indigenouslymade products.
He appreciated the valour and the sacrifices of the CRPF and the excellent work being done and their contribution to the internal security of the country. He directed the senior officers to reach out to their juniors and jawans so as to able to appreciate their issues.