A grand gathering—Assam Rifles Ex Servicemen Rally was conducted yesterday by the IGAR (South) in Imphal under the aegis of DGAR which appeared as the second time that a rally of such magnitude was conducted in the history of Assam Rifles in the state of Manipur.
The rally saw a mass participation of 678 ex-servicemen including World War II veterans, VeerNaris, widows and dependents fromall the districts of Manipur. The mega event was presided over by Major General Virendra Singh, VSM, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South).
The rally was commenced with a welcome song by The children of the Assam Rifles Public School, Mantripukhri. Virendra Singh wecoming all the Veterans to the rally conveyed special gratitude to Veer Naris & Veterans of WW-II for their attendance. He emphasised that, Assam Rifles as an org is focused on the welfare of the veterans and is committedto helping the Veterans lead a dignified life. He said that the conduct of Pension Adalat and Open House were aimed to address the pension related grievances of the ESM. He also exhorted the state government departments, Banks, Hospitals& Civil agencies to extend maximum support to the Veterans who had dedicatedtheprime of their lives to the noble cause of our nation through their representatives who were in attendance in the rally.
Maj Gen Virendra Singh said the rally was not just a single day affair but rather the beginning of the relationship with the Veterans through the theme of “We Connect We care”.
The veterans and Veer Naris were then escorted to various stalls and other facilities established at the venue for their benefit. These included stalls for addressing individual grievances and medical stalls providing not only medicines but also providing special medical facilities to include cardiologist, ENT specialist, gynecologist etc with ultrasound. There were stalls for Aadhar card and Smart card registration. The state government had also established stalls by horticulture, agriculture, fisheries, industries and food departments for informative value.
There were military and ethnic stalls showcasing the history, tradition and culture of Assam Rifles. 2 Assam Rifles Band provided a melodious environment to the rally. Sudha Singh,Vice President, Assam Rifles Wives Welfare Association (ARWWA) and other ladies of ARWWA graced the occasion and interacted with the Veer Naris, widows and dependents of AR ESM.
The rally successfully brought together the serving and the retired fraternity of Assam Rifles like never before. Each veteran and Veer Nari went back from the venuere-assured of the care and empathy of the Assam Rifles.