From our correspondent
Itagar, Sept 11: The celebration of Maitree Divas would go a long way in strengthening the civilian-army bond and in deepening the feeling of patriotism amongst the local youth, said Lt Gen AS Bedi, Commander of the Tezpur-based 4th Corps on Sunday while iugurating the Maitree Divas programme at Tsangyang Gyatso stadium in Tawang.
The event, jointly organised by the Army, local administration and YUVA Aruchal, was attended by the RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, local MLA Tsering Tashi and host of other dignitaries.
Khandu, in a message read out by Jambey Tashi, conveyed his greetings to the people and termed the celebration as a humble statement of relation of love and respect between the local populace and the Army.
The Chief Minister hoped that the beautiful relationship been built and maintained over the ages would continue to safeguard the interest of our tion.
Addressing the gathering, Lt Gen Bedi said he was happy that the event has been organised after six years. “It is imperative that we work hand in hand to ensure exterl as well as interl security of our tion. The Army will continue to work towards realising the dream of a self-reliant and dignified Aruchal,” Bedi said, reflecting on the Army’s role in development of the society in various fields.
Tashi thanked the Army for its cooperation during times of crisis in the form of tural calamities and other disasters, and assured that the people of Aruchal would always stand by them in all their endeavours.
He expressed happiness that the Army recruitment rallies and admission in Sainik Schools have given local youth an opportunity to build their career and also serve the tion.
Brigadier MP Singh, Commander, Station HQ Tawang was honoured with a Certificate of Commendation by the State government as an acknowledgement of his contribution towards reaffirming people’s confidence in the Army.
Hundreds of local people were left spellbound by the display of military might and extravagant cultural performances by schoolchildren, army personnel and traditiol cultural troupes.
As desired by the Chief Minister, a Biometric Enrolment Centre was set up by the Department of Statistics at the venue. A medical camp was also organised jointly by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Army.