42 CRPF officers for 51st batch of the Directly Appointed Gazetted Officers turned up wearing the uniform with face masks and gloves for the force’s first E-Passing Out Parade (POP). The trainee officers completed their 52 weeks-long training at the academy on March 5, 2020. However, due to the pandemic, the scheduled PoP put on hold. Later, reworked into an e-PoP; to enable the young officers to render their valuable services to the people during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishen Reddy, and CRPF Director General A.P. Maheshwari addressed the officers via video conferencing. Moreover, the family and friends witnessed the Passing Out Parade electronically through the web link shared. Several users tuned in to watch the virtual ceremony, a first for the 81-year-old force.
CRPF PRO DIG, Moses Dhinakaran said, “The Oath of the constitution is mandatory to start service in the force. In these challenging times, the nation requires the service of these trained and enthusiastic officers. Also, please be assured that all preventive measures and social distancing are being followed in the ceremony.” The Home Minister, in his message, told the trainee officers, “I believe that after your training you have achieved a certain level of maturity to efficiently deal with the numerous challenges in completing operational tasks and discharging your duties”. Shri A.P. Maheshwari read out the message of the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah in the video-conference.