Hyderabad: Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said in the last nine years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has successfully faced all the challenges in the field of internal security by involving all the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Police.
In all the three sectors of concern for us–Kashmir, Northeast and Left Wing Extremism affected areas, there has been a significant reduction in violence, people’s confidence is increasing and those spreading separatism and terrorism are surrendering and coming into the mainstream, Shah said in his address after attending the 54th Raising Day celebrations of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at Hakimpet near here.
He said all the CAPFs of the country have made a huge contribution in dealing with the perpetrators of violence and added that Union Government under the leadership of Narendra Modi will continue its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism in the times to come.
The Minister said separatism, terrorism and anti-national activities in any area of the country will be dealt with firmly and in this CAPFs and state police have very important role.
During the event, the Home Minister took the salute of the parade and released CISF’s magazine Sentinel-2023 and Coffee Table book.
Shah said that CISF’s 53 years of the history showcases that it has immensely contributed in the economic progress of the nation.
He said that a country can advance only when the security of its industrial institutions, airports, and ports is ensured and added that every single personnel of CISF have rendered invaluable service to the nation during the past 53 years by dedicating their lives for fulfilling the objectives of the CISF.
Shah also said that currently CISF is providing security to 66 sensitive and major airports, 14 major seaports, nuclear and space institutions, Delhi Metro, Statue of Unity and many industrial units and mines. He said that among CAPFs, CISF is the only force, which has an effective fire fighting force, and it has achieved accolades in the field of fire protection.
The Minister said that while dealing with about 50 lakh commuters on Delhi Metro and Airport every day, CISF remains committed to the security of the nation’s assets with righteous but firm conduct.
The Union Home Minister said that a country, whose airports and ports are not secure, can never be secure. He said that there are many challenges before us today, such as counterfeit currency trade, infiltration and narcotics, and with a bright history, CISF has secured the country.
CISF has adopted a hybrid model and this is going to enhance its role in the times to come, he said this model would pave the way to use this model in advisory and many other roles in private companies as well.
Shah said that in the coming two decades, this force would be able to protect even the private companies from security threats related to drones and modern technology.
PM Modi has set a target of $5 trillion economy for the country and to achieve it, the security of our airports, seaports and institutions of national importance is of utmost importance. Shah expressed confidence that CISF will continue to serve the nation by preparing itself to meet all the future challenges.
He said that today India has become a fast growing economy and it is our responsibility to keep the country’s industrial institutions, mines, ports, airports safe. The protection and security has to be increased in the days to come. Shah said that under the Ayushman CAPF scheme, the Union Government under the leadership of Modi has distributed more than 35 lakh Ayushman CAPF cards and has also made arrangements for cashless medical treatment for jawans and their families in about 24,000 hospitals across the country.
The Home Minister said that under the housing scheme also, we have set a target to increase the housing satisfaction ratio. In 2015, construction of 13,000 houses and 113 barracks was started at a cost of Rs 3,100 crore, out of which 11,000 houses have been completed by 2022.
He said that apart from these 11,000 houses, by building 28,500 more houses by 2026, the union government under the leadership of Narendra Modi will ensure the arrangements of living for the families of jawans.
The CAPF e-Awas web portal was launched in September, 2022 and on the basis of it, 2.17 lakh personnel have been registered in 6 months and there has been a big jump in the satisfaction ratio.
Shah said that the day also holds historical significance as it was on this day in 1930 Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi initiated the Salt Satyagraha and commenced on the 240 miles Dandi March.
He said that the Salt Satyagraha chronicled a new chapter in the history of the Indian freedom struggle by showcasing how a huge empire could be defeated through non-cooperation and non-violence.
The Minister said that the Union Home Ministry will make all provisions to equip CISF with all the latest technologies to meet the future challenges by adopting state-of-the-art technologies for the security of ports, airports and industrial units and it already prepared an action plan in this regard.
Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Culture Ministeri G. Kishan Reddy, DG CISF, several other dignitaries and CISF personnel and their families also were present on the occasion.