New Delhi, June 1: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday saluted the acts of valour and sacrifices of Indian security forces for the dignity of the nation and presented the Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Meritorious Services to the BSF officials. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Rajnath Singh firstly said the incidents of infiltration from Pakistan have come down after a surgical strike and also calls for a three-tier system to bolster border security.
Notably, the Home Minister said that he does not consider BSF as an ordinary organization, but considers it as the “First Wall of Defence”. He also appreciated the BSF for its role in curbing smuggling and fake currency notes at the borders. He said that Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System is essential for border security. Rajnath Singh said that the incidents of infiltration have declined to a large extent after the surgical strike.
Rajnath Singh also appreciated the dedication of work of all security forces and said that the country is proud of the sacrifices made by the forces while defending the country. He further said that when somebody decides to join BSF, CAPFs or Army, then a passion to serve the nation must be in their mind. He also said that national self-esteem is very important for anybody along with personal self-esteem and nobody shall ever compromise with his self-esteem. The national self-esteem cannot be compromised when any foreign power tries to disturb the peace at the border of India.
Further appreciating BSF for its Civic Action Programme, Rajnath Singh said that about 35,000 jawans have been promoted to Head Constables level. He also said that web portal has been recently launched to redress the grievances of the CAPF personnel. He said that he will personally monitor the portal once in a month to see whether there are any unresolved grievances pending through the proper channel.
He also said that a web portal and mobile application named “Bharat ke Veer” has been launched recently, with an objective to enable willing donors to contribute towards the family of a braveheart who sacrificed his/her life in the line of duty. He also said that the martyr’s family should get a minimum support of Rs one crore and the Government would meet the gaps if any.
This year 29 medals were awarded to BSF officials in recognition of their acts of valour and sacrifices in the service of the nation. Const Harinder Singh, BSF Bronze medalist of 6th Asian Para-Cycling Championship-2017 was also awarded during the function. Director, IB, Rajiv Jain, former DGs and senior officers of BSF and Ministry of Home Affairs were also present on the occasion.
The Investiture Ceremony of BSF is celebrated in the memory of the first Director General and founding father of BSF i.e Shri K. F. Rustamji, a celebrated Indian Police Officer. Due to his efforts and robust vision, BSF today stands as a highly professional and proficient force.
Importantly, with the strength of 2.5 lakh personnel manning its 186 battalions, BSF is world’s largest border guarding force. The BSF plays a sterling role in guarding the border as India’s first line of defence. Additionally, it has been successfully undertaking many tasks including internal security, international peacekeeping, and border management.