Following is the text
of the Prime Minister’s speech at the function to mark the 27th Raising
Day of the Special Protection Group (SPG), in New Delhi today.
“Let me begin by greeting all officers and men of the Special Protection
Group on the auspicious occasion of its 27th Raising Day. I congratulate
all those who have won medals and trophies for outstanding performance.
In its journey of 27 years, the SPG has served our country with the
highest levels of commitment and professionalism. It has emerged as the
premier organization in the country in the field of VIP security. I am
sure everyone present here would agree that the SPG has excelled in
discharging its duties, which are often difficult, complex and
stressful. It has fully lived up to the expectations with which it was
established. This bears ample testimony to the caliber of all those who
have contributed to building the SPG. Indeed, on the occasion of its
Raising Day, we should especially remember the hard work of those who
have been members of the SPG in the past.
We are all aware of the tragic circumstances in which the decision to
set up the SPG was taken. The force was conceived as a highly
specialized and trained outfit of specially selected officers for
providing round-the-clock and foolproof security to the highest
political leadership of our nation. The security that the SPG is
required to provide should be discreet and unobtrusive, and yet
effective. The force must ensure the safety of political leaders who in
reaching out to the masses sometimes tend to bypass the security chain.
Moreover, the federal nature of our polity poses its own challenges in
tying up security arrangements in the States.
I have been a direct witness to the work of the SPG for about eight
years now and I have no hesitation in saying that this elite
organization has acquitted itself remarkably well in meeting these
difficult demands and challenges. The work of the SPG in the recently
concluded Assembly elections in five States is an example. I appreciate
the organization’s efforts in making security arrangements for
protectees for their election related tours in all the five States. It
was indeed a challenge to provide security to the protectees during the
extensive tours that they undertook for the elections and the SPG met
this challenge with very hard work and meticulous planning.
Terrorism today has acquired new forms and new shapes. It is now often
driven by a bold and educated class of terrorists. While security forces
are seen and known and their actions are mostly predictable, the new-age
terrorists are invisible and possess far greater capability to create
networks for sharing knowledge, skills and resources. Their activities
are marked by the use of the latest technology as a force multiplier.
The security environment in our country today is also impacted by a
large number of external factors which are not really within our
control. It is therefore of critical importance that the SPG should
continue upgrading itself continuously both in terms of technology and
training. It must induct top quality and highly motivated personnel in
adequate numbers, provide them an environment that encourages good
performance and equip them with the latest technology and skills to meet
the ever emerging new challenges. I assure our Government’s full support
to the organization in its endeavors in this direction.
I am happy that the organization has been adopting innovative methods in
training its personnel and acquiring security preparedness capabilities
in line with international best practices. It has also been undertaking
in-house Research and Development for improvements in technology and
weaponry and possible measures to meet the threat of Nuclear Biological
and Chemical warfare.
Before I conclude, I would like to thank the SPG and its personnel for
ensuring the safety and security of all the SPG protectees.
I wish the SPG all the very best for the future. I also wish its
personnel all success in their personal and professional lives.
Thank you. Jai Hind.”