Union home minister Amit Shah announced here on Sunday that the government was working on a plan that would enable security forces personnel to spend at least 100 days every year with their families.
Shah inaugurated the hub of the 29 Special Composite Group of National Security Guard at New Town. He also inaugurated facilities for NSG units in Manesar, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad through video-conferencing.
His announcement will be hailed by men in uniform, particularly soldiers and personnel of paramilitary and Central Armed Police Forces posted in difficult areas who don’t get sufficient leave to visit their homes and families. Repeated denial of leave results in bitterness even among the best of men and may lead to operational errors and fragging or suicide.
Shah repeatedly used the term ‘satisfaction ratio’ while addressing the officers, personnel of other ranks and their families at the inauguration ceremony. An issue brought up by NSG director general Anup Kumar Singh was housing. He wondered how only about 25% of elite commandos get quarters within hubs. The others have to spend a lot on housing as the hubs are located in metropolitan cities.
“I assure you that in five years; our government will fulfil all your demands, be it better care for families, housing, training, equipment, techniques and information gathering. Our security personnel dedicate the best years of their lives to the country. We can provide better housing, equipment, techniques and modern weapons but it is passion that helps win battles. Citizens of the country feel safe today because of NSG. This government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and NSG plays a key role. Its mere presence should deter terrorists from entering the country. Those who want to break the country into pieces and spread terror should be scared by your presence. If they decide to enter despite that, you will have to finish them off,” he said.
The minister also spoke of the Narendra Modi government’s proactive security policy that is totally separate from its foreign policy. “Earlier, there was no clear distinction between the two. Our government will do everything for those who protect the country. There is a time-bound programme that I am looking after. Under this, all security forces personnel will get to spend at least 100 days with their families. I would only urge NSG to work towards reducing the time of operations. Terrorists know they are headed towards death and their only motive is to spread terror among the 130 crore citizens. The longer they can carry on, the better for them. That is why operations need to be completed faster,” Shah added.
Source: Times of India