IMPHAL, 20-SEPT-2019: A mega Assam Rifles Ex-servicemen Rally for ex-servicemen of Manipur was conducted under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) at Khuman Lampak Stadium on 20 September 2019. The rally elicited participation by more than 1000 ex-servicemen from all the districts of the State including World War-II veterans, Veer Naris, widows and their dependents. The aim of the rally, organized under the theme ‘We Connect – We Care’, was to connect with the veterans, strengthen bonds with them and also acknowledge their contribution made for the country during the prime of their lives. The occasion was graced by Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM**, DG Assam Rifles as the Chief Guest. Brig DS Shishodia, Deputy IGAR (South), Brig Amit Kabthiyal, SM and other Assam Rifles officials were also in attendance. Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, SM**, DG Assam Rifles at the outset welcomed the august gathering and encouraged all the stakeholders to render maximum support to the veterans who have dedicated the prime of their lives to protect the nation. Addressing the ex-servicemen during the rally, DG Assam Rifles highlighted the contribution of Assam Rifles and various achievements of the oldest paramilitary force. The DG further highlighted about the year 2019 dedicated as ‘Year of NOK’ and various new initiatives under the theme of ‘We Connect-We Care’ undertaken by the Assam Rifles for the welfare of its veterans. The DG lauded the contribution of the veterans and the serving soldiers of Manipur who have immensely contributed as Assam Rifles soldiers for the security and prosperity of India.
The DG enlightened the veterans about various beneficiary schemes including the recruitment rallies, sports quota for recruitment in Assam Rifles, reservation in various educational institutes/hostels and extension of Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Assam Rifles veterans. The DG informed all veterans about conception of an Ex-servicemen (ESM) Cell at every Unit level, adoption of Veer Naris and disabled veterans and outreach program as part of which the Assam Rifles is identifying its Veer Naris and veterans Pan – India. The DG also used the platform to thank all the media persons, State Government, and civil officials for their cooperation and attendance at the event. As part of the event, a felicitation ceremony was organized in which the DG Assam Rifles felicitated Veer Naris, World War II veterans, and other ex-servicemen. An Open Adalat was also conducted by the representatives of HQ DGAR, Shillong to provide a platform for registration of grievances and their immediate redressal. Online as well as on the spot solutions of various problems and grievances were rendered to the ex-servicemen during the rally.
As part of the rally, a medical cum dental camp was also organized. 10 doctors from Assam Rifles along with 16 specialist doctors from RIMS, Imphal, 12 specialist doctors from Shija Hospital, Imphal and over 10 specialist doctors from the State Government Medical Department provided consultation and free medicines to the veterans and their dependents. The needy veterans were also distributed various medical aids like wheelchairs, spectacles, walking sticks and hearing aids at the venue. A number of stalls were also set up during the rally to provide facilities including CSD, banking, Aadhar and PAN card registration etc to the veterans and their dependents.
The event was followed by lunch for all participants. The band of Assam Rifles, which was in attendance certainly brought back the memories of old times. The ex-servicemen expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the DG Assam Rifles for organizing the event.