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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and dedicated National Police Memorial (NPM) to nation in New Delhi on the occasion of National Police Commemoration Day (Observed on October 21). The memorial has been created to recognise supreme sacrifices made by police personnel since independence.
National Police Memorial (NPM)
The memorial has been built on 6.12-acre land in central Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area. It built a few years ago, has now been refurbished and central structure has been enhanced by replacing old rock structure. This memorial represents all State/UT Police Forces and Central Police Organisations of the country.
The central sculpture of NPM is 30-feet monolith made of single piece of granite procured from Khammam district of Telangana and weighs 238 tonnes. Its design was conceptualised by Advaita Gadanayak of National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA).
Its weight and colour symbolise gravitas and solemnity of the supreme sacrifice of police forces. The sculpture has 60 foot long river at its base which reflects the continuous self-service of the policeman and woman, to maintain peace and public order. Moreover, the Wall of Valour engraved on it has names of all 34,844 martyrs engraved on granite.
The memorial also has country’s first national police museum which captures history, artefacts, uniform and gear of central and state police forces. The museum is underground facility in the premises of the national police memorial. The museum project was steered by Intelligence Bureau (IB) in coordination with central armed police forces (CAPFs) that function under Union Home Ministry.
The fourth meeting of Governing Council of National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog was held under the chairmanship Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. It was attended by 23 Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees.
Governing Council of NITI Aayog
The Governing Council is apex body of NITI Aayog tasked with evolving shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping development narrative of the country. It is chaired by Prime Minister and comprises of Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories with Legislatures and Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and four Union Ministers as ex-officio members and three Union Ministers as Special Invitees. Governing Council embodies NITI Aayog’s objectives of cooperative federalism, presents platform to discuss inter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues in order to accelerate implementation of national development agenda.
The first Meeting was held in February 2015 at which Prime Minister laid down key mandates of NITI Aayog such as fostering cooperative federalism and addressing national issues through active participation of States. The second Meeting was held July 2015 and third meeting in April 2017, which laid down milestones in shaping country’s development agenda through strategy and vision documents.