Security forces being modernised to tackle new challenges: Shah

New Delhi, Oct 21 (UNI) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that efforts are being made to modernise the police and paramilitary forces of the country to equip them to tackle newer challenges of terrorism, cyber crime and border security.

Addressing a gathering of police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) jawans and officers at the National Police Memorial here on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, he said that police forces are witnessing new challenges and new dimensions in the areas of terrorism, fake currency, narcotics control, cyber crime, arms smuggling, human trafficking. It is a challenge to prepare the police forces for the new dimensions that have emerged in the last two-three decades, he added.

The day is observed to pay homage to 10 jawans of the CRPF killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area. Armies of both the countries are currently locked in a military standoff in the Ladakh area.

Mr Shah also said that the Government has prepared a comprehensive modernisation programme for the police. “I am hopeful that in the coming days the Modi government will prepare them to meet these challenges,” he added.

Lauding the forces for ensuring internal and border security in the country with their vigilance, the Home Minister said, “the government has been doing many things so that the deficiency in availability of police personnel per one lakh population is addressed.

Remembering 343 personnel, who died due to COVID-19, the Minister said, these personnel continued on duty to help people, donate blood and plasma. He also said a total of 35,398 police and CAPF personnel have laid down their lives in the line of duty till now with 264 making the supreme sacrifice 


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