CRPF marks 81st raising day, Home Minister Shah extends wishes

CRPF marks 81st raising day, Home Minister Shah extends wishes

Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday extended his wishes to the CRPF on the occasion of its 81st raising day, saying the country's largest paramilitary force's commitment and dedication in serving different terrains is exceptional.

Shah also said India is extremely proud of CRPF personnel'svalour and courage.

"On CRPF's raising Day, I extend my warm wishes to ourCRPF personnel and their families. The commitment and dedication of @crpfindiawhile protecting our nation at different terrains is exceptional," he saidin a tweet.

At an event in Delhi, Minister of State for Home NityanandRai laid wreath at the national police memorial at Chanakyapuri and lauded theforce for rendering duties in some of the toughest operational theatres likeLWE areas and the counter-operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar informed the ministerabout various achievements of the force.

The force came into existence as the Crown Representative'sPolice this day in 1939. It became the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) onthe enactment of the CRPF Act on December 28, 1949.

The Force has grown into a mammoth organisation with 246battalions, including 208 executive battalions, six women battalions, 15 RapidAction Force (anti-riots) battalions, 10 CoBRA (specialised anti-Naxala)battalions.

One battalion comprises around 1,000 personnel.

The force has five signal battalions, one Special DutyGroup, one Parliament Duty Group, 43 Group Centres, 20 training institutions,four composite hospitals of 100 bed and 17 composite hospitals of 50 bed.

The CRPF's mission is to enable the government to maintainrule of law, public order and internal security effectively and efficiently, topreserve national integrity and promote social harmony and development byupholding supremacy of the Constitution.The CRPF has been the lead force in dealing withthe militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, fighting the Left-Wing Extremism andinsurgency in the Northeast.

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