Home Minister Amit Shah has said the country is moving ahead on the path of progress as police personnel are doing their duty with responsibility. He said, be it border security, fighting against terrorism and Naxalism, the police have a pivotal role in maintaining peace and law and order in the country. Mr Shah was speaking at a function in New Delhi, after paying tribute to martyred police personnel, on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day at National Police Memorial.
The Home Minister said, the government will undertake time-bound steps to ensure that good working environment, health and family welfare-related concerns of police personnel are addressed. He said, the police are performing an onerous task as against the benchmark 222 personnel for one lakh citizens, only 144 are present on the ground. Mr Shah said, about 90 per cent of the police personnel are rendering their duties of over 12 hours each day and about three-fourth of them cannot even take a weekly off. The Minister said, so far, over 35 thousand police personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty since Independence.
The Police Commemoration Day is observed on this day every year in memory of the policemen martyred at Hot Springs in Ladakh by Chinese troops on 21st October, 1959.
Union Home Minister for State G Kishan Reddy has said that the Assam Police displayed great courage and professional qualities in conducting counter-insurgency operations. Addressing on the Police Commemoration day in Guwahati, Mr. Reddy congratulated the police for bringing peace to the state. He said the police force defeated the decades-long menace of insurgency in the State. The Minister further said that the police were instrumental in tackling the ULFA problem.
On the occasion of police commemoration day today, Tripura paid tributes to the police personnel who made supreme sacrifices in the service of the nation. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb along with police officials, family members and relatives of late police personnel paid floral tributes to the martyrs at a function held in Agartala.
Speaking to media persons, DGP A K Shukla said the police department will always look after the families of those who laid down their lives for the country. He said, 292 security personnel, including from paramilitary forces like the CRPF and BSF, have lost their lives in the line of duty across the country between September 2018 and August this year, during anti-terror and other operations.