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New Delhi : Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) celebrated its 54th Anniversary on its campus amidst imposing settings at 25th Battalion here on December 23, 2017. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took the salute of the splendid parade as Chief Guest and inspected the impressive parade with  Rajni Kant Mishra, Director General, SSB. The Anniversary function was further followed by  March past of the smartly dressed Force personnel representing all seven Frontiers and one Mahila contingent of SSB.

After the parade, the Union Home Minister awarded President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (Posthumously) to Late CT/GD Sanjeet Kumar. It was received by his wife Manu Sharma. Late Sanjeet Kumar had bravely laid down his life for the motherland while fighting against Naxals in Dumka, Jharkhand, in 2015. He also felicitated four awardees for President Police Medal for distinguished service and 23 awardees for Indian Police Medal for meritorious service in true acknowledgment of their selfless and unwavering service to the Nation. He also awarded four SSB personnel with Union Home Minister Medal for Excellence in Training.

Rajnath, in his address, appreciated the discipline, dedication and synchronization shown by the SSB Jawans and Mahila contingent in their parade and March past. He praised SSB for serving the Nation with the motto of “Service, Security and Brotherhood” wherever it has been deployed since its inception in 1963. Rajnath said that he personally witnessed the people friendly approach followed by SSB in true words and spirit in its work culture and ethos during his visit to the 36th Battalion SSB, Gayzing, Sikkim.

The Union Home Minister also commended the unprecedented and exceptional achievements of SSB against perpetrators of various crimes, drug peddlers, illegal arms, FICN, wildlife and prohibited items on the border and applauded the efforts of SSB in seizing contraband and prohibited items valuing more than Rs.700 crores and apprehending 7,233 offenders till date in 2017. He said that SSB is the first Border Guarding Force of the Nation to induct women in 2007 for border guarding duties and today 1,854 women are serving in SSB, according to a PIB release.

He declared that Rs one crore will be given to the CAPF personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty since January, 2016. 

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