After the February 14 Pulwama attack, the Indian government will soon procure mine-protected vehicles for paramilitary forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) for the movement of troops in Naxal-hit areas and Jammu and Kashmir. These vehicles will also help National Security Guards (NSG), an anti-terror force during encounters. IAF’s Tejas-MK1 Front Runner to Bag Aircraft Contract of Royal Malaysian Air Force; Pakistan’s JF-17, South Korea’s FA-50 Golden Eagle Also in Race.
A total of Rs 613.96 have been sanctioned to the paramilitary forces for the procurement of additional mine-protected vehicles, bullet-proof jackets and other equipment. Around six personnel can travel in one four-wheeled vehicle. According to Home Ministry official, these mine-protected vehicles will increase capabilities of the paramilitary forces in countering improvised explosives devices (IEDs) in Naxalism-hit areas and in Kashmir Valley. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.
Additional Rs 16.84 crore has also been sanctioned to the NSG for the purchase of seven remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which would help the force to carry out surveillance inside buildings, buses, Metro and railway stations. These ROVs can climb a staircase or a slope of at least 45 degrees with a weight of 8kg. In addition to this, the ROVs will have modular mount for weapon system, de-armer disrupter and real-time viewing system with X-ray. Meanwhile, the NSG has already procured the Renault Sherpa Light Armoured personal carrier.
After the Pulwama attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs had also approved entitlement of air travel on four routes involving Jammu and Kashmir for all jawans of Central Armed Police Forces. Earlier, Constable, Head Constable and ASI rank officials of paramilitary forces were not eligible for the air travel.
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In a heart warming gesture, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable Gohil Shailesh saved lives of a woman and her newborn baby in the Kashmir Valley. According to a report published in CNN News18, A 25-year-old woman was facing severe complications while delivering her baby and had lost a lot of blood. Gohil saved both the lives by donating his blood. The CRPF jawan belonged to the 53rd Battalion of the paramilitary force. Indian Naval Officer Lieutenant Rahul Dalal Saves Man from Drowning in Kochi.
The family of the woman resides in Gulshan area of the Kashmir valley. When the woman started facing severe blood loss, her family contacted CRPF Madadgaar. The CRPF shared pictures of the constable and the baby on its twitter handle. The paramilitary force tweeted, “The relation of blood. Constable Gohil Shailesh of #53Bn donated blood to 25 yr old lady of #Kashmir who urgently needed blood due to complications during delivery. His blood saved a mother, a child, a family and created a bond for life.”
Gohil is being lauded on twitter for his humanitarian act. Prominent personalities including actor turned politician Anupam Kher and Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa lauded the CRPF jawan’s action.
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CRPF “Madadgaar” is a helpline started by the paramilitary force for the residents of Kashmir facing medical emergencies. The CRPF launched the 24/7 helpline “Madadgaar” on June 16, 2017. Located on the outskirts of Srinagar, this helpline number receives hundreds of calls every day, not only from the local residents but also Kashmiris living outside the state. Inspired by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Over 2,000 Kashmiri Youths Take Part in Indian Army Recruitment Drive.
It is interesting to know that the Madadgaar helped around 250 Kashmiris studying and working in various cities of the country to safely reach their homes in the Valley in the wake threats made to Kashmiris living in other states of the country after the February 14 Pulwama atack.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday conferred gallantry awards to defence personnel at at the Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He also presented Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) to General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff at the ceremony. The PVSM is the highest military medal awarded in recognition of peace-time services but not related to gallantry. Apart from Gen Rawat Fifteen lieutenant generals and three major generals have the PVSM.
President Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying bravery. Two Kirti Chakras and one Shaurya Chakra were given posthumously. Major Tushar Gauba, 20th Batallion, Jat Regiment received the Kirti Chakra for eliminating three hardcore terrorists across the Line of Control in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. Naik Buta Singh Martyred While Serving at 2nd Highest Post in Sikkim, Air India Staff, Passengers Stand Up to Honour Indian Army Soldier, Watch Video.
Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh was also conferred with the second highest gallantry award (Posthumously). He laid down his life in a fierce counter-insurgency operation in which three terrorists were killed at Pulwama in J&K in November, 2017. The mother and wife of late Rajendra Kumar Nain, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable, received Kirti Chakra (Posthumous) during Defence Investiture Ceremony. Colonel Ranveer Jamwal Scales Mount Vinson in Antarctica to Become First Army Officer to Climb Seven Highest Peaks Across All Continents.
Among the defence personnel who received Shaurya Chakra are Captain Varma Jayesh Rajesh, Major Aditya Kumar, Major Pawan Gautam, Captain Abhinav Kumar Choudhary, Captain Kaninder Paul Singh, Gunner Ranjit Singh, Sapper Mahesh HN and Lance Naik Ayyub Ali. Indian Navy officer, Captain (TS) P Rajkumar received the third highest gallantry award for saving lives during Cyclone Ochki in the southern coast of India.
President Kovind also presented the Shaurya Chakra to CRPF personnel including Head Constable A S Krishna, Constable K Dinesh Raja and Constable Prafulla Kumar. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present at the ceremony.