JORHAT- A mega Ex-Servicemen Rally was organised by Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR North for the Veterans and Veer Naris of the force at Assam Rifles Garrison, Jorhat on 06 Feb 23. The Rally was aimed at reaching out to the Veterans and their Next of Kin, from Jorhat, Shivsagar, Charaideo and Dibrugarh districts of Assam. The iconic rally, based on the theme “We care, We Share” was attended by over 360 veteran’s, Veer Nari’s and Widows of these districts.
Maj Gen Vikas Lakhera, SM, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) on behalf of the Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair, Director General Assam Rifles graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He was accompanied by, Brig Swarn Singh, Deputy Inspector General, HQ 25 Sector Assam Rifles and other senior officers.
Addressing the gathering, the Inspector General Assam Rifles acknowledged the presence of the Veteran’s, Veer Nari’s and Widows in large numbers who travelled long distances to attend the rally. While interacting with the Veteran community, he reaffirmed the commitment of HQ Director General Assam Rifles to ensure their welfare and dignity.
The elderly and needy Veterans were presented with Wheel Chairs, Hearing Aids and Walking Sticks by the Chief Guest which were sponsored by SBI Jorhat and Prahiri Life Insurance. In addition, the Veer Nari’s, one decorated Ex Serviceman, President Assam Rifles Ex Servicemen Association, Jorhat were felicitated by the Chief Guest, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North). A large number of informative stalls were also established for the benefit of the Veterans. A special highlight of the event was free Dental Check up by 6 Dental Unit Assam Rifles and Eye Check up by Apeksha Hospital, Dibrugarh.
The exuberant performances by Assam Rifles Pipe Band, Jazz Band and traditional Bihu Dance by Assamese Cultural Dance troupe mesmerized the audience. The event concluded with a sumptuous lunch organised for the attendees. The Veteran community expressed their heartfelt thanks to Inspector General Assam Rifles for organising the event.
Assam Rifles is the oldest and the most decorated Para Military Force of the Nation. With a rich history of valour and sacrifice spanning more than 187 years, the Assam Rifles has carved a niche for itself in operations and has contributed for the overall development of the Nation.
It has been the Force that has contributed towards security of North Eastern states over the years of turmoil; thereby, rightly being known as the Force that Binds the North East. The rich legacy of the Force is primarily due to the spirit and enthusiasm of the men and women of Assam Rifles and the Force would forever be indebted for the selfless service to the nation.