Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that all efforts will be made to “strengthen” the elite counter-terror force NSG by providing better infrastructure and weapons.
The minister, after inaugurating a composite building for the counter-hijack squad of the force near Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi, said he would also welcome a proposal for creation of a new category of medals for these commandos and those from other special forces to recognise their ‘shaurya’ (bravery) and to boost their morale.
Singh lauded the National Security Guard (NSG) for its role in the terror attack early this year at the Pathankot IAF base which ensured that there was “no damage to the strategic installations and equipment” inside the air force station.
The counter-hijack squad complex, modelled on the pattern of the German special counter-terror force GSG-9 and built at a cost of Rs 38 crore, houses some vital assets of the force like a base for ‘black cat’ commandos who undertake counter-hijack operations, a sniffer dogs squad and a bomb disposal squad.
Singh said NSG commandos get their motivation and courage to combat the terrorists from their feeling of “national pride”.
“You have a special place in the hearts of the people …Whenever NSG is deployed, the country knows they are in safe hands. You have done your job very ably,” Singh said as he made a special mention of the Akshardham temple attack operation of 2002 during which NSG neutralised the terrorists.
He asked NSG to commemorate the birth and death anniversaries of its martyrs as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to all central security forces by holding special events.
He said the commandos should train hard and ensure when in operation they kill the enemy and not get killed.