HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday set out a 25-year mission for IPS probationers to travel from ‘Swarajya’ to ‘Surajya’ when the nation celebrates 100 years of independence in 2047. Modi interacted with probationers IPS de la Lot 2019, who completed their training at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy (SVP NPA), Hyderabad.
During the virtual interaction, the Prime Minister touched on various aspects of policing. â€œRemember you are on a 25 year mission. Before 1947 it was a struggle for Swarajya and young people like you had played a big part in making it happen. Now the responsibility of this young generation of officers is to reach Surajya. Every decision you make, every initiative you take on duty will have a big impact in getting there, â€Modi told probationers.
A total of 178 trainees, including 144 IPS trainees and 34 applicants from neighboring Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Mauritius, who completed the training, participated in the interaction. Thirty-three of IPS’s probationers are women. The PM interacted with some of the officers, asking them what their interests were while encouraging them.
“Dispel the negative image”
During her interaction, Modi asked probationers to change the negative image the public sometimes conveys of the police. â€œDuring the pandemic, police across the country worked with people and agencies from all walks of life. We saw them helping people, cooking and feeding the poor. It changed the picture to a large extent, but it’s back to normal now. The process should not end there. It should be continuous, â€he said.
Friendly police, Modi said, were the need of the hour. The mantra of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ should be engraved in the minds of the officers, he stressed. Calling IPS probationers the â€œbrand ambassadorsâ€ of this mantra, Modi told them not to think only from the point of view of the police station. â€œFamiliarize yourself with all aspects of your area, be friendly with people and make sure the uniform earns the utmost respect, even if you maintain law and order,â€ he advised.
Azadi ka Amruth Mahotsav
Modi spoke about Azadi ka Amruth Mahotsav, as India celebrates 75 years of independence in a few days. â€œI don’t know how many of you have visited Dandi or Sabarmati Ashram. Let me remind you of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March. When Gandhiji finished his march after 24 days, the whole nation came together to fight for freedom. Our nation wants such zeal and commitment from all of you and other young people right now, â€the Prime Minister said.
Friendly police were the need of the hour, Modi said. The mantra of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” should be engraved in the minds of the officers, he stressed and told them not to think only from the point of view of the police station.