Imphal, October 9, 2017 (DIPR): The 68th Territorial Army Day was observed at the Banquet Hall of 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles, Imphal today. The observation was organised by the Government of Manipur. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh graced the function as Chief Guest and President.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that Territorial Army is often known as “Citizens Army” and act as a bridge between Army, Paramilitary forces and civil society of the country. Many a times, Territorial Army co-ordinate with the people at the times of war and internal aggression, he added.

Stating the significance of Territorial Army in Border States like Manipur, N. Biren Singh said that it is the responsibility of Territorial Army to maintain a cohesive and good relationship among the people and Armed forces. The State government would encourage and support Territorial Army in such aspect, he added.

To achieve good relationship with the public, Chief Minister stated that Territorial Army need to motivate the people by organising awareness campaign etc. so that people can feel the sense of security and oneness among themselves. Lauding the efforts and contribution of Territorial Army towards welfare of the country, he said that we should make people aware that Army and paramilitary forces are there to protect the people and Nation.

Chief Minister further stated that the State government would request the Central government for the expansion of the present Battalion Unit of Territorial Army situated in Manipur.

In his Presidential address, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh said that the role and responsibility of Territorial Army is to execute their task properly in a humane way. He mentioned that Territorial Army need to know and study the scenario and psyche of the local people and should know how things/issues are to be handled properly. With such efforts, we can achieve peace and harmony without causing any co-lateral damage, he added.

Mentioning that Territorial Army has various units such as Infantry Unit, Ecological Task force, Engineering unit, General Hospital, Y. Joykumar stressed that we need to set up an Ecological Task Force in Manipur so that we can make people aware about the importance of ecology and healthy natural environment in the State.

Later, General Officer Commanding of Manipur Terriers presented mementoes to Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh.

Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board L. Radhakishore Singh, Parliamentary Secretaries Khasim Vashum, S. Subhashchandra Singh, MLAs Y. Surchandra Singh, S. Bira Singh, O. Lukhoi, Chief Secretary, DGP, General Officer Commanding, Red Shield Division and Deputy IGAR (South), officers of Territorial Army, top civil and police officials and families of Territorial Army attended the function.

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