PM announces national award in Netaji's name for disaster relief workers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced launch of national award in name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to honour those involved in disaster response operations. It was announced on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Bose’s declaration of formation of Azad Hind Government, India’s first independent government on October 21, 1943.

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The national award named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be given every year to police personnel who do excellent work in rescue and relief operations during any kind of disaster. It will be announced every year on January 23 i.e. on Netaji’s birthday.
The award will help to recognize exemplary services rendered by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel in rescue and relief works during the time of any disaster. NDRF and SDRF are constituted with personnel from Central paramilitary forces and State police organisations respectively. These forces are mandated under Disaster Management Act, 2005 for effective management of disasters and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose

He was great Indian freedom fighter born on 23 January 1897 in Cuttack, British India (now in Odisha). Initially, he had joined Congress and was the president of the Congress during 1938-39. Later, due to differences in Congress, he resigned from Congress and established Forward Bloc. He tried to liberate the country through the Azad Hind Fauj.
Azad Hind Fauj was founded in Singapore on October 21, 1943. It was established by exiled Indians. The role of Ras Bihari Bose was very important in its establishment. It was founded by ideas of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It was armed force, whose purpose was to free India from British control. Subhash Chandra Bose was supreme commander of this army.

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