Recalling that the nature and scope of the Conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police had changed since 2014, beginning with its being shifted out of New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today observed that the conference has now become more relevant, in the context of challenges and responsibilities being faced by the country.
Modi was addressing the valedictory ceremony of the conference -- held at the BSF Academy at Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior district. On the occasion, he appreciated the officers -- who were instrumental in facilitating the change.
"The new format of the conference has resulted in a marked improvement in the quality of discussions," official sources quoted the Premier as saying. Modi commended the country's security apparatus for the work they are doing in securing the country. He said that the officers present in the gathering today have delivered leadership, despite often having to operate in an environment of negativity.
He said that as a result of the discussions in this Conference over the last few years, now, once an objective is clearly defined for the police force, there is a lot of cohesion in the execution. He said this Conference is helping top police officers get a more holistic view of problems and challenges.
The Prime Minister said that the range of topics being discussed has become more broad-based over the last two years. This has helped give a whole new vision to senior police officers.
Discussing ways to add even more value to this conference, he suggested that follow up should continue through working groups, all the year round. In this context, he specially emphasised the importance of involving younger officers. He said this would greatly help in improving effectiveness of the exercise.
Mr Modi mentioned the emerging global consensus towards greater information sharing on illicit financial dealings, and said India had a key role to play in achieving this. He said just as openness is getting increased acceptance worldwide, there is need for greater openness among states too, on security issues. He said that security cannot be achieved selectively, or alone. Breaking of silos and information sharing among states can help make everyone more secure.
"We are not an assembled entity, but an organic entity," he asserted.
The Prime Minister said that cyber security issues should be dealt with immediately, and should receive highest priority. In this context, he particularly mentioned the importance of social media. He said messaging should rely on local languages for greater effectiveness. On radicalisation too, the Prime Minister urged the use of technology to pinpoint problem areas.
He also presented President's Police Medals for Distinguished Service to Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers. During his address the Prime Minister congratulated and appreciated the medal winning officers of IB, for their dedication and commitment to service.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Ministers of State for Home Hansraj Ahir and Kiren Rijiju were present on the occasion.