AP seeks Greyhounds, RAF and CRPF units

  • Rajnath lays foundation for NDRF centre

Vijayawada: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured Andhra Pradesh that a Greyhounds training unit, CRPF and Rapid Action Force would be set up in the State.

Speaking after laying foundation for the 10th battalion of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) unit at Kondapavuluru village in Krishna district on Monday, the Home Minister said the NDRF received international acclaim by taking part in rescue operations during earthquake in Nepal and Japan. He said the Japan ministers praised the role of NDRF for not only rescuing people alive but also showing the same spirit to unearth the bodies from the debris after the earthquake. The humanitarian approach in NDRF operations impressed the foreign leaders, Rajnath said and added the NDRF should adopt pro-active role and further improve its performance.

Responding to the plea of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for sanctioning a Greyhounds training unit, Rapid Action Force and Central Reserve Police Force battalion, he promised to expedite the proposals. He said that the CRPF force was sanctioned to AP, but was delayed due to elections in some of the northern States.

Earlier, addressing the meeting, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu said that the Central government has been giving priority to Andhra Pradesh as it suffered loss due to bifurcation of united Andhra Pradesh State. He showered praise on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for his relentless efforts for the development of the State. He said Modi government has been giving top priority to Polavaram project.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Andhra Pradesh was more prone to natural calamities, including cyclones. He said Greyhounds training unit should be sanctioned to the State. He said the State government was ready to allot 60 acres of land at Visakhapatnam to set up Rapid Action Force unit. He said that the Central government should give priority to sanctioning several pending units for the State.

NDRF director-general RK Pachnanda  welcomed the dignitaries. The NDRF force displayed various rescue operations. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdary, Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa, Ministers Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Kollu Ravindra, Machilipatnam MP K Narayana Rao, Gannavaram MLA V Vamsimohan, ZP chairperson Gadde Anuradha were among those present. -NSS

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