Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the 57th Raising Day celebrations of the Border Security Force at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on December 05, 2021. (PIB)
Jaisalmer: Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the 57th Raising Day celebrations of the Border Security Force in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on December 5, 2021.
The Minister awarded Police Medals for Bravery and Distinguished Service to the families of martyrs and serving BSF personnel who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the service of the nation and the President’s Police Medal for serving and retired personnel.
On this occasion, the Union Home Minister said that for the first time after the establishment of the BSF in 1965, the Modi government has decided to celebrate the Foundation Day of the BSF in a border district and this tradition should be expanded.
Shah said that more than 35,000 personnel of Border Security Force, Police Forces and CAPFs have made the Supreme Sacrifice across the country and the BSF is at the forefront, as the responsibility of guarding the most difficult borders has been given to the BSF.
“I would like to pay my humble tribute to all those martyred brave soldiers on behalf of the nation and the Prime Minister.”
The Minister also said that the countless gallantry medals and police medals received by the Border Security Force are a testimony to them being a unique force in border security.
“There is no medal to honour gallantry; your gallantry itself is a medal for the entire nation. These medals given by the President and the Prime Minister are not only for the BSF and its 2,65,000 personnel but will also be a source of inspiration for the nation.”
The Union Home Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been sensitive towards those who guard the borders and all CAPF jawans and their families have been given comprehensive health cover through a single card under the Ayushman Yojana.
Shah also said that the Central ex-gratia, which is Rs.35 lakh and Rs.25 lakh, is now delivered to the martyr’s family in a month.
He also lauded the service of the CAPFs and police forces across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Be it peacetime or wartime, on the border or within the border, the Border Security Force is always ready to work for the safety of the people.”
The Minister said that “one other aspect I also want to note is that Border Security Force and all our CAPF jawans together have not only planted about 2.5 crore trees within two years but have also provided them with complete protection.”
Shah said that recruitment of 50,000 jawans has been completed and efforts will be made to increase recruitment further.
“The budget for road construction for good infrastructure for border security was about Rs. 23,000 crore between 2008 to 2014, but after Shri Narendra Modi assumed the Prime Ministership from 2014 to 2020, it has been increased from Rs. 23,000 crore to Rs. 44,600 crore.”
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Director General of Border Security Force were also present on the occasion. (Press Release)