80th raising day of CRPF observedDate: 20 March 2019 Tags: Defence & Security
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) observed its 80th raising day. The raising day ceremony was presided by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval. CRPF was raised in 1939 as Crown Representatives Police during British rule and was granted President's colour on 19 March 1950 by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, first home minister of the country,
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
- It is the largest central armed police force or paramilitary force in the world with over 246 Battalions and three-lakh-personnel.
- It is country's largest Central Armed Police Forces. It functions under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Its motto is “Service and Loyalty”.
- It was raised in 1939 as Crown Representatives Police during British rule. After independence it was giving statutory backing with enactment of CRPF Act, 1949.
- Mandate: Enable government to maintain rule of law, public order and internal security effectively and efficiently, preserve national integrity and promote social harmony and development by upholding supremacy of the Constitution.
- Functions: It assists State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency.
- It is also engaged in anti-Naxal operations, counter-terrorism operations etc. It also performs duties such as VIP security, riot controlling, election duties, guarding vital installations.
- It also operating abroad as part of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) and the United Nations peacekeeping missions.