New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Wednesday advocated the need for providing best training and
working conditions for thousands of BSF personnel who work in
extreme difficult conditions.
"We owe a duty to stand by them. We owe a duty to give
them best training, equipment and best conditions given the
fact that they operate in very hostile conditions...Not many
have appreciated the tremendous efforts put by BSF men,"
The Home Minister was speaking after inaugurating the
BSF kala mela, a five-day exhibit at Lalit Kala Akademi,
displaying 112 paintings and more than 200 sculptures made by
58 central para-military force men, women, family members and
school teachers among others.
Praising BSF men for their work, Chidambaram said,
"While media reports this and that, there are few who reports
facts. About 1,678 BSF officers have made supreme sacrifice in
the defence of the country."
He asked Delhiites to visit the exhibition and buy the
products made by these personnel to support and encourage
"I sincerely hope that thousands and thousands of
Delhiites will visit the exhibition. Delhi is a wealthy place
and I am confident that they will come here and buy the
products," the Home Minister said.
The BSF kala mela will end on May 29.
Director General BSF Raman Srivastava, President of
BSF Wives Welfare Association Anjali Srivastava, DG Indo
Tibetan Border Police R K Bhatia and other senior officials
were present during the function.