Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said professional efficiency and capacity enhancement of security bodies are special priorities of the government.

In his address to the convocation ceremony of basic-level training of APF Inspector organised by the APF Training Academy in Kathmandu today, the prime minister insisted that security of the nation and citizens would be guaranteed only if security bodies became capable and strong.

Terming peace and security the foundations of development and good governance, he highlighted the need of efficient and strengthened internal and external security arrangements to protect the existence of the nation and ensure citizens' safety.

He directed the APF to be disciplined, honest, professional, and creative while on duty. He applauded the APF for its contributions to the containment of cross-border crime and safeguarding nationality and nation's existence as frontline workers.

He said Nepal's security mechanism was capable of combating terrorism and cross-border crime. He recalled the role of APF during the earthquake, COVID-19 crisis and in disaster management and post-disaster reconstruction efforts. He argued that the incumbent government was committed to establishing rule of law, protecting and promoting people's inalienable rights as per the spirit of the constitution, building a corruption-free society, advancing towards holistic development of people from all castes, communities, classes and genders by keeping coexistence and mutual bonding intact.

He pointed out the need for collective efforts from the three-tier governments, all levels of the state, organisations, civil society and general people to fulfil the government's determination.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.