Imphal: Assam Rifles has been winning the hearts of people of the North East through its dedication and service rendered to the region, governor of Manipur and West Bengal La. Ganesan said on Sunday.
Ganesan was speaking at the Assam Rifles Investiture Ceremony-2022, held at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan, here.
Assam Rifles has been doing tremendous job not only in security but also in many fields. The force took important roles in the two World Wars and also taking lead roles in Counter Insurgency Operations, in maintaining law and order by helping civil administration, in disaster management and also in the socio-economic development of the far flung areas, the governor said.
The force has been working actively in the difficult terrain of the North East. In the glorious history of 187 years of its subsistence, Assam Rifles has been known for their dedication, honesty, achievement and most importantly for the sacrifices made by the valiant officers and Jawans, in the country, he added. He thanked the medal winning officers and Jawans and expressed confidence that they will continue their efforts in future too.
Inspector general, Assam Rifles (South), Major General Rajan Sharawat, VSM, said, the Assam Rifles Investiture Ceremony was introduced in 1957 by the then Ggvernor of Meghalaya to encourage the valiant soldiers of the force. He said, the ceremony is being held for the first time in Manipur. The force has been contributing a lot in many field in the country. The force took part in the two World Wars and also known for their bravery in Counter Insurgency Operations in North East, Jammu and Kashmir and also in Sri Lanka. The force has also been called as “Friends of North East” for the contributions made in the security and development of the region.
Ganesan presented Gold and Silver medals to 51 officers and Jawans of Assam Rifles for the year 2021 and 2022, in the ceremony. Deputy commandant Rakesh Kumar of 43 AR and assistant commandant (MO) Oinam Sushil Singh of 36 AR may be mentioned in the list. Assam Rifles Brass Band Display was also shown after the Ceremony.
Additional chief secretaries, M.H. Khan, P. Vaiphei, Prof. N. Lokendro, vice-chancellor, Manipur University and Prof. A. Santa, director, RIMS attended among others in the ceremony.