Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for playing a major role in ensuring the security of the country’s national assets.
At the 50th Raising Day ceremony of the central armed police force, the PM pointed at the threat from Pakistan.
“Enough is enough,” he said, while referring to the terror attacks in Pulwama and Uri, adding, “We cannot keep suffering till eternity.”
The PM said that protecting nation is a challenging thing because of the hostile neighbour.
“Your achievement is important because when neighbour is hostile, incapable to fight war, conspiracies to hit the nation internally find a safe haven there, and terrorism shows its face in different forms then protecting the nation becomes challenging,” said the PM.
He acknowledged that providing security to establishments where lakhs of people come daily is a task that is incomparable to any.
“The task of providing security to an establishment where over 30 lakh people come daily and every face is different is far more than security to a VIP,” he said at the golden jubilee ceremony in Indirapuram in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.
The PM added that there was a need to spread awareness among the public regarding the security aspect.
“There is a need to educate the citizens because if they do not cooperate then the task of CISF becomes even more difficult,” he said.
Recalling the services of the CISF in the rescue efforts following the Kerala floods, the PM said that the force has given an invaluable contribution in tackling natural calamities and humanitarian crises in India and abroad.
“Your contribution in natural calamities is praiseworthy. You saved the lives of thousands in the recent Kerala floods,” he said, adding, “CISF has also played its role whenever humanity has come under threat in the world.”
Before addressing the CISF personnel, the PM laid a wreath at the Martyr’s Memorial.
He also reviewed the parade of the CISF and presented the Police and Fire Service Medals for distinguished and meritorious services.
The event was attended by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, Ministers of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
Raised in 1969, the CISF has currently over 1.5 lakh personnel who provide security to vital installations of the country, including 61 airports, seaports, Delhi Metro and various state-owned industries.