New Delhi: The Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, took salute at the 55th Raising Day of Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi today. Addressing the gathering, Rai said that BSF personnel have been diligently protecting our borders and working hard to serve the citizens in times of crisis, adding that the country is proud of the sacrifices made by the BSF in its defence..
Appreciating the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, he said it is because of BSF jawans that other citizens can contribute fearlessly in the development works of the country.
Rai said that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Government has increased the retirement age for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel from 57 to 60 years, allowed jawans to spend 100 days in a year with their families, and enable non-entitled jawans with air travel when deployed in Jammu & Kashmir.
He added that the Government has also taken the initiative of increasing the personal insurance for CAPF personnel given by banks to Rs 30 lakh under the Para Military Salary Package Scheme (PMSP), noting that multiple efforts from the Govt have been made to give all possible facilities to jawans of Central Armed Police Forces.
Praising the force, Rai said that the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at Dera Baba Nanak is secured under the supervision of the Border Security Force, and remarked that due to the immense effort of jawans, enemies have to think multiple times before any intrusion or committing any crime.
Rai said the Government is taking constant steps to modernize and strengthen the Paramilitary Forces, and is committed to providing all facilities and welfare to its personnel.
On the occasion, the Minister inspected an impressive parade by BSF jawans and took salute of the march-past, and later presented Police Medals for Gallantry and Meritorious Services to BSF personnel. He also released the yearly magazine ‘Borderman.’ Earlier, he had paid homage to martyrs at BSF memorial.
Attractions of the Parade included an armed female contingent, Camel/ Horse unit, march-past by BSF Camel mounted Band and a display of the latest equipment and armaments. During the ceremony, the BSF Jawans and Camel Contingent also displayed acrobatics to viewers in galleries.
Speaking on the occasion, the DG, BSF, Vivek Kumar Johri said that the nation pays homage to the BSF personnel who made supreme sacrifices for the security of the nation. He said the BSF is also fulfilling its social responsibilities by helping the Government to implement Central Government schemes to serve the people of the country. Senior officers of BSF and Ministry of Home Affairs were also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also greeted BSF personnel and their familes, saying, “Greetings to all BSF personnel and their families on BSF’s Raising Day. This force has been diligently protecting our borders. During natural disasters and crisis situations, BSF personnel have always worked hard to serve our citizens. Best wishes to the BSF family!”