Biren flags off mega Jan Andolan COVID awareness bike rally

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday flagged-off a mega COVID awareness bike rally organised by Assam Riffles as part of the Jan Andolan drive initiated by Prime Minister of India on October 15.

Major general Alok Naresh, inspector general Assam Rifles South accompanied the chief minister to flag-off the rally.

​Assam Rifles launched a week long focused Jan Andolan drive in various parts of Imphal East, Imphal West and Thoubal districts wherein teams of Assam Rifles troops are reaching out to the people and spreading awareness about use of masks in daily routine, personal hygiene and to maintain social distancing protocols.

​In continuation of the campaign, the mega Bike Rally was organized. The rally traversed through Imphal and Thoubal districts. There was an overwhelming response from the local population towards the outreach campaign, the Assam Rifles said.

​More than 200 bikers including from local bike clubs, the Royal Riders and Royal Motors, participated in the rally in a show of solidarity with Assam Rifles in this noble initiative.

The rally covered a distance of over 50 km passing through prominent places and making halts at population centres to educate and spread the message.

​Another objective of the rally was also to express their gratitude to the COVID warriors of Manipur especially the health care professionals of RIMS, JNIMS and other designated COVID care centres.

​Biren reaffirmed the commitment of state and people of Manipur to fight against COVID threat in unison with the nation. He also thanked Assam Rifles and IGAR SOUTH for proactively working towards spreading the awareness about COVID-19 to all parts of state. He also thanked media persons for leading from the front in spreading the awareness about the COVID threat.

​Major general Alok Naresh informed the gathering that this rally is the start point for a month long action plan that will be implemented in various parts of Manipur by the units of IGAR (South). Under the concerted action plan to ensure Jan Andolan Drive reaches even the remotest of the locations, troops of Assam Rifles are actively engaged in dissemination of awareness literature throughout the State using platforms like banners and posters at public places, distribution of pamphlets to some extent distribution of masks and sanitisers, etc. Audio announcements in local language are also made at public places with high footfall to ensure message reaches maximum audience.

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