To felicitate the Goa Police Officers for dedication in service, the second edition of Swabhiman-Goa Police award ceremony will be organised on February 1, 6:30 p.m. at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, Panaji.
The function will felicitate 23 different policemen right from the rank of constable to the inspector general of police along with two public prosecutors. More than 40 per cent of the award winners are women. A retired police officer will be honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. The event has been organised by Rajashree Creations, Ponda, Raj Housing and Art and Culture Department.
The function will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant while the guest of honour will be deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavalekar. Chief secretary Parimal Rai and inspector general of police (IGP) Jaspal Singh will grace the occasion as special invitees.
Addressing a press conference, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said: “The police have always been working round the clock to ensure law and order and security of the citizens. They work on the field 24×7 to ensure that we can sleep peacefully at home. They too have a family and their own struggles. So it is our responsibility to honour them for their tireless efforts.”
Gaude added that the main aim of the function is to create awareness about policing and provide them social support. “Policemen and their families who contribute in a big way for the society always remain behind the scene. The award function is to recognise all the policemen from the Goa police force.”
He further stated that he hopes that this felicitation will encourage and motivate upcoming police officers to do good work and serve the society. He also urged Goans to attend the function in large numbers to motivate the awardees.
Speaking about the concept of Swabhiman, Paresh Naik of Rajashree Creations said: “Last year when we held this felicitation for the first time we had 22 awardees. The idea behind having this was that our Goa police work day and night for us. While we enjoy festivals, they are on duty for us. So in a bid to bridge this gap, and honour and appreciate those several hundred policemen who slog day in and out for us, we started it.”
(The event is open for all).