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Governor lauds AR ex-servicemen

(L to R) Lt. General K S Yadava, DGAR, Nagaland governor K.Sankaranarayanan IGAR (N) Maj General JP Nehra addressing the media at Kohima, Saturday. (NP).
Correspondent, KOHIMA, JAN 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Jan. 2009 1:35 AM IST
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Nagaland governor K. Sankaranarayanan Saturday pointed out that the Assam Rifles had played a “key role” in the north east especially Nagaland to ensure peace and in countering insurgency problem as well. “Nagaland has greatly benefited from the selfless services of the jawans of Assam Rifles” he said while addressing the Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen rally at 26th Assam Rifles, Kohima. Lauding the AR ex-servicemen for their sacrifices, the governor urged upon all to work for their welfare and their families. “We owe a lot to them since they are the ones who are always there in the time of need to defend the nation’s integrity and ensure the security for the people in counter insurgency situations” he said. On the various welfare schemes and programmes run by the Rajya Sainik Board , the Governor expressed the hope that similar schemes and welfare programmes would also be worked out for ex-servicemen of Assam Rifles. He suggested holding of regular monthly meetings of ex-servicemen in the districts in coordination with the DCs to look into their problems and grievances. The governor called for utilization of the services of ex-servicemen in areas like security, tourism, disaster management, education and AIDS awareness and urged upon all to develop constructive partnerships with ex-servicemen. Later, asked about the role of youths in the security forces at a news conference, the governor expressed happiness that the youths were doing a good job and being helpful to the people. Lt. General K S Yadava, DG Assam Rifles revealed that the presence of youths in Assam Rifles from Northeast has grown to 45 % and all India to 55 %. He disclosed that the AR would hold six recruitment rallies this year in the northeast region. Stating that there would be about 2000-2500 vacancies in the Assam Rifles, the DG said that around 1000 boys would be recruited from Northeast where Nagaland’s share would be 200. On the reported allegations of bribery during recruitment rallies, he said the AR takes all kinds of measures and follow strict procedures which are difficult to violate. IGAR (N) Maj General JP Nehra also briefed the media on the various schemes provided to the ex-servicemen.

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