‘Indian police made huge contribution in preserving unity of the country’

New Delhi, Dec 27 (Mayank Nigam) President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday said the Indian Police has made its huge contribution in preserving the unity of the country which was shaped by Iron Man and former Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Thousands of brave police personnel have laid down their lives for the cause of India’s internal security, Murmu said while addressing the probationers of the 74th Batch of the Indian Police Service at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy here. When the country is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the nation acknowledges the rich contribution of our police force in sustaining and strengthening the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy.

Former President Dr Rajendra Prasad had written, “That there is today an India to think and talk about, is very largely due to Sardar Patel’s statesmanship and firm administration.” I take this opportunity to re-emphasize, on behalf of all citizens, our gratefulness to the ‘Iron Man of India’. She said when the police force commands trust of the people, it enhances the image of the government. The police will command respect and trust only when the entire force under you, to the last constable, displays alertness, sensitivity and honesty. Cyber-crimes and issues related to social media pose novel challenges. Technology-driven policing is needed to combat hi-tech crime, Murmu said. The President said police forces have to be partners in progress of the country and transformation of the society.

‘You have to ensure that an illiterate poor man living in a remote corner of the country, gets sympathetic support at the local police post’. We should quickly move ahead from the phase of empowering women to the stage of women led development. It is already happening in many fields. It must happen in a much bigger way. Everyone has to ensure that fellow citizens follow the Fundamental Duty of renouncing practices derogatory to the dignity of women as stated in our Constitution, Murmu added. The President also inaugurated ‘Wide Plate Mill Facility’ at Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) in Kanchanbagh here. The new facility aims towards self-reliance by rolling ultra high strength steel and producing superalloys for National strategic programmes.