Centre allocates funds for bullet proof vehicles for J&K cops: HM

SRINAGAR, Sep 10: The Centre has allocated funds for the purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said during his interaction with cops in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district today.
His announcement comes in the wake of the killing of six police personnel, including SHO Feroz Ahmad, in Achabal area of Anantnag district on June 16.
The slain SHO had requisitioned a bullet-proof vehicle in view of the danger posed by militants in south Kashmir, but was not provided one.
“We have allocated funds for purchase of bullet-proof vehicles for Jammu and Kashmir police,” Singh said in Anantnag, 52 kilometres from here.
The home minister also said the Centre has approved funds for opening a trauma centre for police personnel and lauded them for working in the “extremely challenging conditions” in the Valley.
He paid tributes to the sacrifice made by ASI Abdul Rasheed and constable Imtiyaz who were killed in militant attacks in south Kashmir recently.
“Their supreme sacrifices have been made for Kashmir. We are proud of the police personnel. You are working in extremely challenging conditions here. I do not have words to praise the bravery of our brave personnel from Jammu and Kashmir police. Even the Prime Minister has praised your courage,” he said.
Underlining the priority attached by the Centre to Kashmir, Singh said no other home minister had ever visited the state so frequently. “I have come to the state the fifth time within an year or so.”
The home minister said he had come with an open mind and was willing to interact with anyone who wanted to help in resolving the problems facing Kashmir.
Singh will interact with CRPF personnel in Anantnag and is scheduled to chair a security review meeting here later in the day.
He also said that the Centre will consider operating helicopter services for CRPF personnel serving in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate movement of troops.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said he was also working towards enhancing the monetary benefits to Rs one crore for families of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel killed in the line of duty.
“We are ready to give more facilities to our CAPF personnel. Government will consider helicopter services for CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said addressing a sainik sammelan of CRPF personnel at Anantnag, 52 kilometres from here.
“It is my aim to provide at least Rs one crore to the families of our martyrs from CAPFs,” he told the CRPF personnel.
As per present compensation norms, the family of a slain soldier of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB, NSG and Assam Rifles gets about Rs 60-70 lakh.
Singh said the government has launched ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ programme to support the families of the martyrs.
“The nation is supporting the courage of our security forces. We are proud of our CRPF personnel. Courage cannot be purchased from any market and you are born with unassailable and unmatched courage,” he added.
The Home Minister later presented a memento the CRPF team which took part in operations in Pulwama recently.