SRINAGAR- Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial at Armed Police Complex, Zewan on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day-2020.
The Commemoration Parade is observed every year across the country on October 21 as a mark of respect and remembrance of martyrs, who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
Saluting the valour of the brave-hearts, the Lt Governor said that jawans of our police and all security forces are the epitomes of bravery and courage.
Police Commemoration Day is the day to remember the 10 jawans of Central Reserve Police Force who sacrificed their lives while protecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation against the Chinese forces at Ladakh on October 21, 1959. The day is also dedicated to fallen heroes of Jammu and Kashmir Police who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.
“On this day, I bow to the great martyrs who fought till their last breath to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Their supreme sacrifice will be eternally etched in the memory of people of J&K and the Nation. We salute our immortal heroes and their unparalleled courage”, the Lt Governor maintained.
The Lt Governor praised the Police force for doing a commendable job, especially on the anti-militancy front.
Lt Governor asked police and security forces to go all out in neutralizing the threats. “Don’t touch the innocents and don’t spare the culprits”, he added.
“If people sleep at ease, it is because of our police and security forces who work tirelessly to protect the J&K UT from the evil forces and militants who are supported by our neighbour”, the Lt Governor maintained.
There is a need to take stories of bravery and sacrifice of our policemen to our future generations so that they acknowledge the sacrifices of our martyrs, he said.
Our security personnel discharge their duties with utmost dedication and courage despite challenging situations and facing all odds. 684 Shaurya medals in the last two years itself speaks about the courage of our JKP Jawans. Despite personal responsibilities, police personnel are working as a friend and a protector for the common people, he continued.
“Today is an emotional day for me personally. This day fills my heart with emotions”, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said, ‘although we cannot repay the loss of a beloved family member, we can try to facilitate family members of the martyrs through education, employment and other relief measures. It is my responsibility to take welfare measures for our policemen and their family members.’
Nothing can fill the space of the broken hearts of the NoK’s of martyrs, yet financial and other assistance may minimize their miseries. Ex-gratia relief of Rs 8.00 cr has been extended to NoKs of martyr police personnel and SPOs during the current year. The Government also extends compassionate appointments to the eligible NoK’s of martyrs, besides departmental welfare measures, he added.
Speaking on some recent reforms, the Lt Governor observed that the ex-gratia relief of policemen and SPOs has been increased since 2018 and other pay disparities have also been resolved.
It is a proud moment for me that JKP has attained top position across the country in community engagement, he said. He also called upon the jawans of JKP to participate in Fit India Movement and encourage others as well.
The Lt Governor also lauded the female officers of Police and other Security Forces and termed them as true examples of women empowerment.
DGP, J&K, Dilbag Singh read out the names of policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty, while the parade presented ‘Shok Shastra’. The arms are reversed and a two-minute silence is observed in the honour of the departed souls.
“Nation will always remain indebted to our brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the sovereignty and integrity of the nation and for providing a safe and secure environment for our people,” he said.
On the occasion, a Blood Donation Camp was organized by the Police Hospital, where the Lt Governor interacted with the donors.
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