Amit Shah Commemorates 65% Drop in Terrorism and Extremism
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, marked a significant milestone in India’s security landscape, declaring a 65% reduction in incidents of terrorism, Left-wing extremism, and insurgency in the Northeast. The remarkable achievement is credited to the relentless efforts of the country’s dedicated police personnel. Amit Shah attributed this substantial decrease in security threats to the vigilance and valor of the police force.
Government’s Initiatives to Enhance Security
During a ceremony held at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi, Amit Shah highlighted the transformative measures undertaken by the government, including stringent laws and the establishment of the “Police Technology Mission.” These initiatives aimed to modernize and equip the police force with state-of-the-art tools and resources to combat terrorism effectively.
Speaking at the 'Police Commemoration Day' in National Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. https://t.co/0HH0kLJzwZ— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 21, 2023
Overhaul of the Criminal Justice System
In his address, Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized the government’s commitment to overhaul the criminal justice system. He mentioned the introduction of three key Bills in Parliament, designed to replace archaic laws dating back 150 years. These new legislations promise to uphold every citizen’s Constitutional rights while reflecting the essence of Indianness.
Versatility and Dedication of Police Personnel
Amit Shah praised the versatility and dedication of police personnel, stating that they have consistently excelled in diverse roles, whether it is combating terrorism, preventing crime, maintaining law and order during large gatherings, or providing critical support during natural disasters. Their commitment to the well-being and safety of the nation is unwavering.
Acknowledgment of NDRF’s Global Recognition
Referring to the vital role played by the police during disasters, Amit Shah acknowledged the commendable work of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), composed of personnel from different police forces. He noted that NDRF personnel have earned global recognition for their proficiency in disaster management. Their presence during a crisis instills confidence in affected communities.
Welfare Schemes for Police Personnel
Amit Shah expressed the government’s continuous efforts to enhance welfare schemes for police personnel. He reiterated the government’s dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of all officers.
Honoring Police Sacrifices
During the ceremony, homage was paid to the 36,250 police personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation since India’s independence. Amit Shah stressed that the National Police Memorial is not merely a symbol; it represents a profound recognition of the sacrifices and unwavering dedication of police personnel in the nation’s progress.
Significance of Police Commemoration Day
The significance of October 21 as Police Commemoration Day dates back to 1959 when ten courageous Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were martyred during patrol duty at the Indo-China border. They fell victim to an ambush by heavily armed Chinese troops. Since then, each year, October 21 is observed to honor these martyrs and all other police personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Dedication of the National Police Memorial
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dedication of the National Police Memorial (NPM) in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, in 2018 is a testament to the sacrifices made by police personnel and their pivotal role in safeguarding national security and integrity. The NPM consists of a central sculpture, the ‘Wall of Valour,’ and a museum.
Central Sculpture and Wall of Valour
The central sculpture, a 30-foot high granite monolith cenotaph, symbolizes the strength, resilience, and selfless service of police personnel. The ‘Wall of Valour’ bears the engraved names of martyrs, serving as an enduring acknowledgment of the bravery and sacrifices of police personnel who have laid down their lives in the line of duty since India’s independence.
Historical and Evolving Museum
The museum within the NPM is conceived as a dynamic exhibition, offering insights into the history and evolution of policing in India.
Home Minister Amit Shah’s words serve as a poignant reminder of the incredible contributions and sacrifices of the police force. The 65% reduction in security threats stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment and the government’s resolute measures to protect the nation from terrorism and extremism. The sacrifices of police personnel are commemorated on this day, reminding the nation of their vital role in preserving India’s security and integrity.