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Will ensure holistic welfare of cops: Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said India's position as a powerful nation is ensured by the work of these men and women in khaki who render dedicated national service.

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Oct 21, 2019, 11.16 PM IST
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From tackling terrorists to insurgents and Naxals to managing traffic on the road, all is done by the police personnel, he said.
New Delhi: The government will undertake time-bound steps to ensure that good working environment, health and family welfare related concerns of police personnel are addressed, Union home minister Amit Shah said on Monday on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day. Shah said India's position as a powerful nation is ensured by the work of these men and women in khaki who render dedicated national service.

The minister said the police is doing an onerous task as against the benchmark 222 personnel for 1 lakh citizens, only 144 are present on the ground. This is the reason why about 90% of police personnel have to render duties of over 12 hours each day and about three-fourth of them cannot even take a weekly off, he said. “My government has done a lot for police welfare and I can assure that we will be doing more work, taking more steps to ensure health, housing, family welfare and a good working environment for you in a time-bound manner,” Shah said while addressing the troops.

The Union minister said on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, he and the citizens of the country pay a humble tribute to those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, as also their families. “When we see police work in a normal way, it looks usual but when we change the perspective we understand that the development strides our country is taking is due to the dedicate and silent service of these policemen,” Shah said.

From tackling terrorists to insurgents and Naxals to managing traffic on the road, all is done by the police personnel, he said. Shah said police forces are responsible for ensuring a strong position and the identity of an emerging power for India in the comity of nations. “I can assure the police personnel that this memorial will become an institution that will tell the world about the tale of valour of the police personnel of the country, he said.

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