New Delhi: Addressing the closing ceremony of the 20th All India Police Band Competition in Secunderabad today, the Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, said that forces inimical to India are trying to create disturbance in the country. He asked the Police forces to be alert and vigilant against security threats. “Our neighbouring country is promoting and abetting terrorism and some people are encouraging the violence,” he said.
Expressing the need to further improve the image of Indian police, Naidu called for measures to make policing more people-centric. “Police station is the first point of contact for people in distress and Policemen should be seen as people’s friend in such a situation”, he said emphasising that ‘any person who wants to seek police help should not hesitate to go to a police station’. This is necessary to ensure that public confidence in the system was always maintained, he added.
Stating that smart policing is the need of the hour, Naidu called for modernizing police forces by embracing technology and innovative approaches to tackle the crimes involving technology. He wanted all the police personnel to be trained in fields such as forensics, cyber crimes and online frauds. In this regard, he welcomed the Government of India’s umbrella scheme of ‘Modernisation of Police Forces’ (MPF) aimed at supporting police forces for weapons, Forensics equipment, Information Technology, Communication, Training, etc.
On the occasion, the Vice President lauded the services of all police forces in maintaining law and order in the country, and also for protecting the country from internal threats. He also urged the police forces to keep physically fit by practising sports and yoga. Describing many benefits of yoga for forces, he said that yoga relieves stress, provides succour and prepares you mentally to face any eventuality in life.
Talking about the role of music in people’s lives, the Vice President said that it was capable of touching the heart and soul. He said that music was universal and has no religion or region. “It unites people, builds a bonding and promotes peace,” he said.
Pointing out that participation in any form of art, especially music brings out the best in a person and invokes the creative aspects in a person, the Vice President said that music provides relaxation, gives perspective and transports listeners to a peaceful zone.
Naidu appreciated the All India Police Sports Control Board for organizing the annual event and said that such events would foster cohesion and goodwill amongst participants and generate camaraderie and solidarity within the police fraternity.
22 Police band teams consisting of 1,400 personnel from state and UT police forces, and the Central Paramilitary Forces took part in the competition in streams such as brass, pipe band, and bugle calls. The Vice President awarded the winners of the competition and also released a coffee table book of the Railway Protection Force on this occasion.
Arun Kumar, Director General, Railway Protection Force and Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway were among the dignitaries who graced the event.
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