Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday highlighted the role of persons in uniform to safeguard the life and property of citizens and combat internal and external threats to the country.
Addressing a passing out parade of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) candidates at Humhama Training Centre here, the CM advised them to uphold the principles of protecting human rights and extending best behaviour towards people.
"Your behaviour towards people is of paramount importance, and you should always make the best attitude and positive behaviour towards people the benchmark of your duty", he said, and expressed hope that the personnel would render best service to the people.
He said the sacrifices made by the forces, including CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police to safeguard the people and help the state to maintain law and order, depicted the bravery and commitment of personnel of all ranks.
Abdullah said that para-military forces like the CRPF and personnel of police have to deal with challenging situations which are particularly of complex nature in a state like Jammu and Kashmir, where combating militancy and help maintaining law and order have to be dealt with simultaneously.
"Your good work often goes unnoticed, while any flaw in your service raises fingers at you. As such, you have to concentrate on dispensing your duties to the best of your capacity for which you have taken the oath", Abdullah added.
The CRPF training centre came into being in 1990 at Humhama, and served as an important training centre even during the harsh winters in Kashmir. This centre is the only training centre in North India and contributes a lot in imparting modern training to the CRPF.
The CRPF has played an important role in the state, not only in maintaining security but also in natural disasters, such as the 2005 earthquake where it saved precious human lives.
335 trained candidates passed out and received certificates at the passing-out ceremony on Sunday. The parade was led by parade commander Pardeep Ranawat. Abdullah took the salute on the parade and presented awards of excellence to the cadets.