Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressed the Police Commemoration Day Parade at the National Police Memorial in New Delhi.

Here are highlights of the Union home minister's speech:

* From Independence till now, police forces and our forces at the border have steadfastly ensured the security and sovereignty of the country. The sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for the country will be etched in the hearts and minds of 130 crore Indians. 

* Even when people are celebrating festivals, policemen don't have leave. They stand on the street guarding you. Every drop of their blood has inspired a generation and moved the country forward on the path of progress I want to tell the family of the policemen, this (national police memorial) is not just a monument made of brick and stone. If the country is sleeping in peace, then it has happened because of your families.

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* 343 police personnel lost their lives while serving the nation as CoronaWarriors. Policemen have been in the frontline of the fightback against the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the nation in the appreciating their bravery.

* India's is peaceful today because the policeman is awake. Government planning new reforms to improve working conditions for policemen.

* You (police force) continue your duty. The Narendra Modi government will back you up and work for your welfare.