UP government to recruit 18,000 PAC jawans, activate 74 defunct companies: Yogi
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said the state government will recruit 18,000 jawans to activate 74 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) that are lying non-operational.Updated: Dec 18, 2017 13:04 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said the state government will recruit 18,000 jawans to activate 74 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) that are lying non-operational.
Speaking at the PAC Day celebrations held at the 35th PAC battalion in Lucknow, Adityanath lauded the force for rendering yeomen’s service in challenging situations.
“Along with maintaining law order, launching successful operation against Maoists, conducting elections and maintaining vigil on the border, the PAC personnel discharged their duties with devotion, transparency and professionalism,” he said.
The PAC had been deployed in other states and won laurels for accomplishing the task entrusted to them, he said. Recently, the PAC played an effective role in conducting assembly election in Gujarat, he noted.
The PAC jawans were playing an important role in the security of religious spots, including Kashi, Ayodhya and Mathura, the chief minister said. In July 2005, the PAC jawans not only foiled a terror attack in Ayodhya but killed the terrorists as well, he said.
When terrorists attacked Parliament in Delhi on December 13, 2001, PAC jawans launched a counter attack and killed the terrorists. “I was also present in Parliament during the attack and was witness to the jawans’ bravery. The PAC jawans laid down their life in the service of the country,” he said.
He also said PAC jawans had been deployed for the security of Lucknow of Metro. They were also part of the special tiger protection force deployed at the Dudhwa and Katarniaghat Wild Life Sanctuaries. The PAC had an important role to play in successful organisation of various melas and religious congregations, especially the Kumbh Mela, he said
The force had set an example with its selfless service by organising relief and rescue operations during floods, he said.
Jawans of the PAC were posted as commandos in the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Special Task Force (STF) too, he maintained. The state government had raised three companies for the State Disaster Relief Force and the remaining three companies will be established soon, he said.
The state government had sanctioned 273 companies in 33 battalions of the PAC. While 199 companies were active, 74 companies were inactive, the chief minister said.
Yogi praised PAC officer Chandrahas Kushwaha for winning a medal in the World Police Games. He felicitated Kushwaha with a medal and a Rs 2.50 lakh cheque. The PAC officers and jawans who had played a commendable role in discharging their duties were also felicitated.
Director general of police Sulkhan Singh said the PAC jawans had been deployed to control insurgency in North-East, terrorism in Punjab in the past and to check Maoists activities elsewhere, he said.
Additional director general, PAC, RK Vishwakarma and inspector general A Satish Ganesh also expressed their views.
First Published: Dec 18, 2017 13:00 IST