SHILLONG- Assam Rifles –The Oldest Paramilitary Force is celebrating its 187th Raising Day from 24 to 26 Mar 2022. The Union MoS ¬(Home) Nityanand Rai, graced the event as the Chief Guest on 24 Mar 2022.
To mark the occasion, a wreath laying ceremony was organised at Assam Rifles War Memorial at Shillong, where the Union Minister of State (Home), Nityanand Rai, Lt Gen P C Nair, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles and other senior officers paid their homage to the Bravehearts of the Force who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the line of Duty.
The Union Minister, in a Special Sainik Sammelan, addressed all ranks of the Assam Rifles and complimented them for their outstanding contribution in fighting insurgency in the North East & Kashmir.
The Minister thanked all ranks of Assam Rifles for their selfless service to the nation and further expressed his gratitude to the Bravehearts of the Force who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
The Minister recalled the supreme sacrifices made by Col Viplav Tripathi and four Bravehearts in the Manipur Encounter with insurgents in Nov 2021 in which the wife and child of Col Viplav Tripathi also laid down their lives.
The Minister praised the all round attitude of the Force which allows it to perform well in all situations and tasks whether border guarding, counter insurgency or any other role.
The Minister complimented the Force towards Women Empowerment which has led to deployment of large number of Riflewomen (Mahila Soldiers) on Frontline duties.
The Minister also appreciated the efforts of the Assam Rifles towards tree plantation for having successfully planted more than 31 lakh trees in difficult terrain and under harsh climatic conditions.
Towards the end, the Minister felicitated the Veer Naris during the Special Sainik Sammelan, planted a sapling and also interacted with all ranks, families and Ex Servicemen of the Force during the ‘Barakhana’ He commended the Jawans for their high morale & discipline.