J&K police to get bullet-proof vehicles, says Rajnath Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Sep 2017 08:45:36



THE Centre will consider operating helicopter services for CRPF personnel serving in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate movement of troops. The Centre has also allocated funds for the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said during his interaction with cops in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.

His announcement comes in the wake of the killing of six police personnel, including SHO Feroz Ahmad, in Achabal area of Anantnag district on June 16. The slain SHO had requisitioned a bullet-proof vehicle in view of the danger posed by militants in south Kashmir, but was not provided one. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said he was also working towards enhancing the monetary benefits to Rs one crore for families of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel killed in the line of duty.

“We are ready to give more facilities to our CAPF personnel. Government will consider helicopter services for CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said addressing a sainik sammelan of CRPF personnel at Anantnag.

“It is my aim to provide at least Rs one crore to the families of our martyrs from CAPFs,” he told the CRPF personnel.
As per present compensation norms, the family of a slain soldier of CAPFs like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB, NSG and Assam Rifles gets about Rs 60-70 lakh.

Singh said the government has launched ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ programme to support the families of the martyrs.
Praising the valour of CRPF personnel doing counter insurgency duties in the country, the Home Minister said, “We are proud of our CRPF personnel. Courage cannot be purchased from any market. You are born with unassailable and unmatched courage”. Earlier while meeting police personnel, Rajnath Singh said he has no words to describe the bravery of Jammu and Kashmir police.

Addressing a ‘Darbar’ (gathering) of local policemen at the district police lines in south Kashmir Anantnag district, the Minister said his Ministry has allotted funds for opening of a trauma centre and purchase of bullet proof vehicles for personnel of J&K Police.