Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu lauded the CRPF as the strongest pillar of the country’s internal security apparatus. Addressing the gathering after decorating CRPF on the occasion of Valour Day in New Delhi on Monday, he congratulated all officers and men who were decorated with Gallantry Medals.
“The CRPF is indeed a glorious Force and he was proud of the rich tradition of Valour, Courage and Professionalism that it has always stood form” he said.
The Vice President lauded the immense contribution made by CRPF in upholding the unity and integrity of the country and the very critical role it continues to play in cementing the internal security framework of the country.
“Responding to the evolving demands over time, the force has been expanding and carrying forward its tradition of professionalism and setting new benchmarks of bravery and Valour over the years,” the Vice President said.
Lauding the bravery of CRPF personnel over the years, he cited the sacrifices at Hot Springs, Battle of Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch, safeguarding the pillars of democracy in the Parliament attack, and averting the attack of Ayodhya.
“… the events which have no parallel in the history of Armed Police Forces,” he said, adding, “CRPF personnel have set many unprecedented examples of gallant action fighting against anti-national elements and upholding the integrity and sovereignty of the Nation”.
This saga of gallantry and Valour will continue to inspire all of us, he added.
The Vice President said that besides playing a key role in assisting the states in maintaining public order, CRPF is also guarding several vital installations and the Parliament House. It is truly the strongest pillar of the country’s internal security apparatus, he added.
“The CRPF played a commendable role while operating in Jammu & Kashmir where the force launched many operations during the last one year,” he said.
The Vice President further stated that by controlling terrorism effectively, they have put in place Community Action Programmes that enhance their credibility and acceptability. It is a matter of great relief that due to these continuous operations, there is a significant decrease in terrorist activities, he added.