In order to build better relationships with local populations and foster development and understanding, Assam Rifels has been conducting various activities across Nagaland. Following are some reports from across the state.
Chieswema Batallion: Chieswema battalion of Assam Rifles organised a drawing competition on the theme “Say No to Drugs” on June 7.
A release issued by Assam Rifles stated that the event was organised in collaboration with Government High School, Thetsumi and Government Higher Secondary School, Chiechama.
The aim of the competition was to inculcate competitive spirits and bring out the hidden talents of the students and to spread awareness about ill effects of the drugs menace on individuals and society.
A total of 85 students participated in the competition from Class – VIII to XII. Prizes were distributed based on the concept and ideas depicted by the students through their drawings.
Phek Batallion: Phek battalion of Assam Rifles organised an interaction with GBs and VCC on June 8 at Avangkhu village. A release from Assam Rifles stated that during the meeting issues related to development, health and employment were discussed.
Phek battalion of Assam Rifles also organised a workshop on career guidance at Phek Government College on June 2.
According to AR PRO, the college invited many eminent personalities from Phek district for the workshop including commandant 22 Assam Rifles as one of the guest speaker. Other speakers included DC Phek, Shanavas C, SP Phek, Dr. Naieem Mustafa, and district employment officer Phek, Gideon L Sumi.
Commandant 22 Assam Rifles educated the students and other attendees on various entry schemes to join armed forces. He elaborated the schemes like 10+2 technical entry scheme, 10+2 entry to National Defence Academy, post graduation entry scheme, NCC special entry scheme, technical graduate course and university entry scheme. He also spoke about service benefits, life at academy, professional growth of an officer and various adventures activities in life of armed forces. Pamphlets on joining armed forces were also distributed to the students.
Other speakers gave lectures on how to crack civil services examinations, streams to be followed for clearing UPSC exams and understanding skill and employability. A total of 247 students and 38 teachers attended the said workshop at the college.
The battalion also conducted an awareness lecture on ‘Nipah Virus’ at Meluri on June 11.
According to PRO, HQ IGAR (N), ‘Nipah’ is an airborne transmissible disease caused by Henipa virus and spreads by fruits infected by bats which are also natural hosts of the virus. It is also transmitted by sick pigs and infected human beings. The regimental medical officer described the symptoms and sources and ways for prevention of Nipah Virus infection and also encouraged people to take all necessary precautions. A total of five JCOs and 52 OR attended the awareness lecture.
Phek Battalion of Assam Rifles, on June 15, also organised a felicitation ceremony for the candidates selected for the Indian Army from Phek District.
The aim of the felicitation programme was to boost the morale of the candidates, who in due course will be pursuing a career in the Indian Army. Parents of the selected candidates were also facilitated and presented with solar lamps. ADC, Phek K. Mhathung Tsanglao, SDPO, Phek James Ovung along with president and secretary, Phek town Chakhesang Student’s Union (CSU) attended the programme.
Tuensang Batallion: Tuensang Battalion of the Assam Rifles organised an interaction with village GBs of Changlangsho Tuensang District on June 8.
Assam Rifles, in a press release, stated that the aim of the event was to promote better coordination and to strengthen its relationship with the village administration.
During the meeting issues related to development, health and employment were discussed, stated the release.
Wokha Batallionn: Wokha battalion of Assam Rifles conducted an awareness lecture on HIV & AIDS on June 8 at Government Higher Secondary School, Chutikong.
A release issued by Assam Rifles stated that the aim of conducting the awareness lecture on HIV & AIDS was to create public awareness about HIV & AIDS and educate the youth about preventive measures.
Zunheboto Battalion: Zunheboto Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) organised an interaction programme with the GBs of Zunheboto town area on June 1. A press release from Assam Rifles PRO said that the interaction was organised to further enhance cordial relations between the civilian population of the town and Assam Rifles. Assam Rifles urged the villagers to approach them for any assistance and help required by the villagers. Total of 17 GBs of Zunheboto area attended the interaction.
Dimapur Battalion: Dimapur battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) inaugurated a water reservoir on June 9 at Aoyimti Village in Dimapur.
A press release issued by Assam Rifles stated that the project includes four over head water tanks of 5000 litres each which would supply water to the village.
Kiphire Battalion: Kiphire battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) organised a tree plantation drive at Akhegwo on June 10.
According to PRO, HQ IGAR (N), different varieties of trees including Bomson, Halak, Morpankh, Gulmor, Neem, Bakul, Nahar, Agar, Ashoka, and Guava were planted. A total of 250 saplings were planted to promote a pollution free and clean environment. The village administration along with local populace of Akhegwo village and town participated in the event. 104 villagers attended the plantation drive.
Kiphire battalion of Assam Rifles also organised a lecture on “Opportunities to join Indian Army or Assam Rifles” for youth of Longmatra town & village and nearby areas, at Longmatra town on June 11.
According to PRO, HQ IGAR (N), the youth were apprised about opportunities available for young men and women in the armed forces through various entry schemes and the eligibility criteria for each entry. A total of 35 youth including GBs, head GBs and VCCs attended the lecture.
Medziphema Battalion: Medziphema battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (North) organised an interaction programme with gaon burahs and chairmen of nearby villages on June 12.
A press release from AR PRO said the event was organised in order for Assam Rifles to interact with village heads and understand issues concerning the civil population of the villages and it was also aimed at providing them an opportunity to engage more closely with Assam Rifles. The discussion focused on health, employment, education and development projects for nearby villages. Assam Rifles also urged the villagers to approach them for any assistance. A total of 22 gaon burahs participated in the interaction programme which concluded with lunch and an informal interaction.
Mokokchung Battalion: Mokokchung Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted a lecture on the importance of education on June 14, at Wakching.
Maj S K Thapa stressed upon the fact that an educated society is a progressive society. He advised the students to make maximum use of the educational facilities available and to pursue higher education, to avail better employment opportunities and also contribute to overall development.
Altogether, 25 locals including students and children attended the lecture programme.