Vice President Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred the President’s Colours to Gujarat Police at a glittering function at the Gujarat Police Academy at Karai here today. Gujarat thus becomes the seventh state to receive the President’s Colours, others being Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Assam.
Mr. Naidu also unveiled the Gujarat Police’s new emblem and flag at the parade ground in presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr Vijay Rupani; Deputy Chief Minister Mr Nitinbhai Patel, Minister of State for Home Mr Pradeepsinh Jadeja; Director-General of Police Mr Shivanand Jha and a large number of dignitaries.
The Vice President and the Chief Minister took the guard of honour in an open jeep to the tune of all-religion drummers, amidst chanting of hymns.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu complimented the Gujarat Police Force describing the event as a red letter day for the jawans in service, past and present, since the formation of the state in 1960. They boldly faced many challenges in cracking crimes, including the terrorist attack on Akshardham in Gandhinagar and serial blasts in Ahmedabad, and protecting its 1,600 km long coastline. He listed Suraksha Setu, Cyber Safety, Police Portal, eGujCop, Pinak Software as some of the notable milestones.
He lauded the role of police in maintaining law-and-order necessary for socio-economic development of any state. The police need to be tough to check atrocity on particularly women and children. He had a word of praise for the Gujarat Government for reserving 33 per cent of posts for women, showing a path to the nation in women’s empowerment. There is need to ensure people reposed faith on the police, the need to set up fast-track courts for fast justice in such cases.
Mr. Naidu called upon the people to strive to realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mantra for reform, perform and transform to build a new India.
Chief Minister Mr Vijay Rupani said the prestigious President’s Colours conferred on the Gujarat Police as its 59 years’ achievements since the formation of the state in 1960. The honour put the state on a higher pedestal for the nation to recognize. This would increase the morale of the force. It also increased the responsibility of the force, encouraging them to work with greater preparedness and greater efficiency in cracking newer crimes in cyber, narcotics, arms smuggling through 1,600 km long coastline. There is need to equip the police force with latest technology.
ISP Commander Prem Sukhdelu and Adjutant Vijay Patel led the parade, comprising the State Reserve Police 8th Platoon.
Prominent among those present at the function included MPs, MLAs, Chief Secretary Mr Anil Mukim, Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary Mr K. Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary for Home Ms Sangita Singh, senior police officers and their families, trainee IPS officers and cadets
Source: Information Department, Gujarat