With an aim to provide basic amenities to locals of remote areas, Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) distributed twenty-four sewing machines to achieve meaningful socio-economic development and conducted a free medical cum dental camp at Community Hall, Khongampat on 17 June 2019.
The event commenced with the distribution of twenty-four sewing machines to needy women to make them self reliant and provide them with a source of income. This initiative will improve skill development amongst womenfolk and give them independence along with livelihood thereby empowering them to lead a dignified life.
The function was presided over by Zonal President ARRWA, HQ 9 Sector Assam Rifles along with President of Meira Paibis of Khongampat village and the village headman. The women folk were urged to make optimum use of the sewing machines for adequate skill development in addition to women empowerment thereby weaning them away from negative impacts of insurgency. Thereafter, the sewing machines were handed over to the respective village heads of the Khongampat village. The President of the Meira Paibi, Khongampat area speaking on the occasion praised the thoughtful initiative of the security forces and told that this gesture will pave way for socio-economic upliftment and development of the region and in turn result in peace and harmony in the state. The event witnessed an attendance of over 500 locals of Khongampat and nearby areas.
As part of the event, a medical camp was also organised in which a dedicated medical team under the Unit Medical Officer provided medical assistance to the locals of the area. In addition, to the medical checkup, consultation on various diseases and health-related issues as well as free medicines were distributed to the needy patients.
In addition, a dental clinic was also established for the dental checkup of locals. A medical team comprising of Dental Officer and nursing assistants from 12 Dental Unit Assam Rifles (DUAR) provided free dental treatment and medicines to the locals of the area. The medical camp witnessed an attendance of over 250 locals.
The villagers appreciated the gesture of the Assam Rifles in reaching out to them and hoped that this effort would go a long way in further cementing the bond between the people of Manipur and the forces.