PM assures SPG full support to upgrade itself

PM Manmohan Singh Monday assured the elite force full support to upgrade itself in terms of technology and training to meet new challenges posed by "new-age terrorists".

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2012, 13:37 PM IST

New Delhi: Lauding the Special Protection
Group (SPG) for excellence in discharging its duties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday assured the elite force full support to upgrade itself in terms of technology and training
to meet new challenges posed by "new-age terrorists".

Addressing the 27th Raising Day of the SPG, Singh said
terrorism had acquired new forms and new shapes and was now
often driven by a "bold and educated class of terrorists".

"While security forces are seen and known and their
actions are mostly predictable, the new-age terrorists are
invisible and possess far greater capability to create
networks for sharing knowledge, skills and resources," he
said.

Noting that terrorists` use latest technology as a force
multiplier, Singh said the security environment in the country
today was also impacted by a large number of external factors
which were not really within its control.

"It is, therefore, of critical importance that the SPG
should continue upgrading itself continuously both in terms of
technology and training," he said.

Singh said the SPG 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
organisation in its endeavors in this direction," Singh said.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the elite force for
its "remarkable" work in ensuring security of SPG protectees
during the recent elections to five state assemblies.

PTI