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Manmohan Singh lauds SPG, cautions against terror threats

New Delhi, Mon, 02 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 2 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that the Special Protection Group (SPG) should upgrade itself continuously, both in terms of technology and training, to handle the threat of terrorism more effectively.

Addressing the 27th Raising Day of the Special Protection Group (SPG) here, Dr. Singh said: "Today, the threat of terrorism has acquired new dimensions. The new generation of terrorists possesses far greater capability to create networks for sharing knowledge, skills and resources. 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," he added.

He further said that 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," he added.

Expressing happiness that the SPG had, in the past 27 years, adopted innovative methods in training its personnel, Dr Singh said: "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," he added.

On a personal note, Dr Singh said that he had, over the eight years, observed the SPG from very close quarters.

"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," he said.

"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," he added. (ANI)

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