Friday, March 3, 2006 (Srinagar):The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has for the past year been battling extremists in Srinagar and other urban areas in the Kashmir Valley.But off late, it has been battling the enemy within – psychological stress.Last month, a CRPF jawan shot dead four of his colleagues. Now realising the urgency of the situation, the CPRF is fighting back, providing entertainment for its men – a break from the pressures of battle."The only objective is that the jawans feel happy. Their tensions are released and their morale is kept high. Such diversions are required," said J K Sinha, DG, CRPF.
Hard life In one such programme organised by the CRPF, poet Surinder Sharma did his bit to lighten things up for the jawans. One among them is Kaptan Singh, head constable of CRPF, who has been away from home for months. For a few fleeting moments, he’s forgotten his longing for home.
"Our self-confidence decreases since we stay away from home and work very hard. Such programmes help us come out of our depression. We no longer feel home sick and our confidence levels increase. This helps us perform our duties in a better way," said Singh. For these CRPF men fighting urban warfare is a challenging task, it is a battle of nerves and being round-the-clock in battle gear is stressful for them.
Such kind of programmes are aimed at helping them de-stress.