Praising the Central Reserve Police Force or the CRPF, the country’s largest paramilitary force, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday said in a few years the force may no longer be needed in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast.
“The resolve with which CRPF has been working in Kashmir, Naxal areas and Northeast, I’m confident that within next few years, in all three regions, we may not require use of CRPF and maintain complete peace in three regions. I’m confident. And if it happens, the whole credit goes to CRPF,” Mr Shah said today at the 83rd raising day parade of the CRPF in Srinagar’s Maulana Azad Stadium.
This is for the first time that the parade has been held outside the CRPF headquarters in Delhi.
The Home Minister said the biggest work done in Jammu and Kashmir is that the central forces have taken “decisive control” of the fight against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
He also welcomed the efforts of the local administration in its crusade against corruption and taking developmental activities to new heights in the Union Territory.
The scrapping of Article 370 in August 2019 resulted in inclusive development of all sections of society, including the deprived, said Mr Shah. Democracy has also been successfully taken to the village level, he said, he added.
The Article, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, was revoked by the Centre on August 5, 2019, and the state was bifurcated into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.