A mega Assam Rifles Ex-servicemen Rally for ex-servicemen of Manipur was conducted under the aegis of DGAR at Mantripukhri Garrison on Saturday.
The rally elicited participation by more than 600 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, organised under the theme “Serving Those Who Served Us”, 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.
Speaking on the occasion, the DG lauded the contribution of the veterans and the serving soldiers of Manipur who have contributed immensely to ensure the security and prosperity of the North–East and the country.
The veterans were informed about various beneficiary schemes including the recruitment rallies, sports quota for recruitment in Assam Rifles, reservation in various educational institutes/hostels, Ayushman Bharat and extension of Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) to Assam Rifles veterans.
The DG also highlighted about conception of an Ex-servicemen (ESM) Cell at every Unit level, adoption of Veer Naris and disabled veterans and outreach programme as part of which the Assam Rifles is reaching out to Veer Naris and veterans pan India.
As part of the event, a felicitation ceremony was organised in which the DG Assam Rifles felicitated Veer Naris, World War II veterans and other ex-servicemen. The representatives of HQ DGAR, Shillong also provided a platform for registration of grievances and their immediate redressal.
As part of the rally, a medical cum dental camp was also organised. Doctors from Assam Rifles along with specialist doctors from RIMS, Imphal and from the state government medical department provided consultation and medicines to the veterans and their dependents. The veterans were also distributed various medical aids like wheelchairs, spectacles, walking sticks, hearing aids and portable commodes at the venue.
A number of stalls promoting skill development, agriculture, animal husbandry, social welfare, fishery and small scale were also set up during the rally. In addition, facilities including CSD, banking, Aadhar and PAN card registration etc were also provided to the veterans and their dependents.
The occasion was attended by Lt Gen P C Nair, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, PhD, DG Assam Rifles.
The event was followed by lunch for all participants. The Ex-servicemen expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the DG Assam Rifles for organising the event.