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EXPLAINED: RAISING DAY OF NSG

EXPLAINED: RAISING DAY OF NSG

Context

Prime Minister of India greeted the National Security Guard (NSG) on its raising day.

About National Security Guard

  • It is another unit under the Home Ministry, was formed as a result of the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
  • It was set up in 1984 as a unit that would deal with internal security problems. It functions similar to GSG-9 and SAS of Germany and the United Kingdom, respectively.
  • Because of the colour of the uniform that the personnel wear, they are popularly referred to as Black Cats.
  • They comprise the Special Action Group and Special Ranger Group who perform various operations under the higher command.
  • The most important role is to fight terror-related activities and help the state police forces.
  • The Special Action Group is the Strike Wing, and the personnel are inducted from the army.
  • The Special Ranger Group is widely employed to guard high-risk VIPs; the subgroup of this is the Special Protection Group who guards the most important people such as the Prime Minister of India, the Former Prime Minister, the President and their immediate family members.

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