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Correspondent/PTI NONGKREM, SEPT 28:
Published on 28 Sep. 2010 11:41 PM IST
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Outgoing Director General of Assam Rifles, Lt. General, K S Yadava, has expressed immense satisfaction “over the way the Assam Rifles has shaped up as a professional force which is doing extremely well.”
“Even in the amount of awards for good work and for gallantry, the Assam Rifles has rubbed shoulders with one of the most professional forces, the Indian Army,” said General Yadava while addressing media persons at the Assam Rifles Headquarters here today.
General Yadava, who is due to retire on September 30 at the end of a forty one year career in the army, said the fact that Assam Rifles has done so well, speaks much for it as a force.
He said “for the first time in its 125 years history, a contingent of the Assam Rifles is on United Nations duty and are presently deployed for reconstruction work and for peace keeping duty in earth quake ravaged Haiti.
“The Assam Rifles broke records when it was able to dispatch the contingent just within three months,” he said.
Informing that the Assam Rifles contingent has been deployed in Haiti for the last six months only, he said “the force’s mandate in Haiti is for five years.”
When asked “what was his most enduring achievement as Director General of Assam Rifles?” his reply was “the high standard and most stringent form of training being imparted to the men of the force.”
On the possibility of the Assam Rifles deployment in Maoist affected areas, he said “this is for the government to decide.”
Further said that the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been ‘politicized to a large extent’, indicating that his force was not in favour repealing it.
“The insurgent is also holding a weapon and so the uniformed man needs to take spot decisions to safeguard government property and therefore he needs protection against being dragged to the courts for taking action in national interest,” the DG said, responding to a query.
“The matter is being debated extensively and the Centre and the state governments should take a decision. The government should spell it out clearly what they want from the armed forces,” he said.
“In whatever form it is, the act seeks to give certain amount of protection to the armed forces.”
“Why ask the armed forces about it? It has become fashionable to ask the uniformed fraternity about this, whereas none of us are misusing it. It is easy to say scrap it,” he said.
“If the authorities in power feel it (AFSPA) should not be there we are ready to function. We will function in accordance with the rules,” Yadava said.
“All over the world armed forces have stringent laws to protect themselves. It is nothing new that is happening in India. In fact, men in uniform in India have refrained from being politicized and have been performing with utmost humane effort,” he maintained.
The outgoing DGAR said the Indian Armed Forces had the best record in dealing with civilians as compared to forces in other countries.

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