Pranab braves winter chill, reviews annual parade of CRPF
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 22:52
New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee braved a foggy and rainy morning and hopped on to an open jeep to review the annual parade of paramilitary CRPF here.

75-year-old Mukherjee, who was the chief guest at the 71st anniversary of the force, lost no time to board the ceremonial vehicle with CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar as soon as the parade commander requested him to inspect the smartly dressed men and women drawn from formations across the country.

Tuesday morning, which saw light rains and cold winds blowing, sent shivers amongst the audience in the large ground with organisers trying to move the seats from getting wet and putting sheets on the roof to prevent leakage.

Mukherjee, who was gifted the traditional 'CRPF hat' to wear, was received with tremendous applause when his jeep reached the enclosure where the families of CRPF personnel were seated.

Kumar was also seen briefing Mukherjee about the various columns and the formations they belong to, while the minister was inspecting the parade.

Mukherjee also decorated the force personnel with medals of distinguished and meritorious service.

The mercury was recorded at a low of 7.4 degree Celsius this morning.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the world's largest paramilitary with almost 3-lakh personnel and is deployed for anti-naxal, counter-insurgency and maintenance of law and order duties across the country.

Raised in 1939 as the Crown's Representative Police (CRP), the force has been the first to have an independent womens' battalion while it has also deputed it's men and women across the world for civil police duties.


First Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 22:52

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