CM cherishes role of Territorial Army as public-SF interface
IMPHAL, 9th Oct: Noting that Territorial Army (TA) has been taking the role of interface between the public and security forces, chief minister N Biren Singh has expressed confidence that continuous deployment of TA units will help maintain peace and bring development across the state.
Speaking as chief guest of the 69th Territorial Army Day observance held at 1st Bn Manipur Rifles Banquet hall here on Tuesday, Biren highlighted that socially-beneficial activities of the Territorial Army and patriotism being showcased by its personnel and officers will have great impression upon the youth in their area of deployment.
Regardless of facing hostile elements and challenging situation, TA personnel have been exercising maximum restraint to avert unwanted consequences, Biren said and added that TA carrying out their assigned tasks, including in conflict situation, with humane touch has won the hearts of many thus making it the interface between the local populace and different security units operating in the state.
Due to attachment with army and Assam Rifles units, TA has been successful in impressing upon their attached units that promoting cordiality with the public is most effective and safest means to tackle any situation, the CM said.
The Territorial Army has unfailingly risen to every challenge for the security of the Nation and for the welfare of its citizens. The Territorial Army deployed in Manipur has been contributing immensely in helping other central forces to understand the peculiarities of the state and carry out their operational task with utmost care. On account of activities of the Territorial Army, security forces have gained tremendous goodwill of the local population, the CM mentioned.
Briefly reflecting on its history, Biren said TA was established after the Indian Parliament passed the Army Act, 1948 under the initiative of independent India’s first Governor General C Rajagopalachari.
Stating that the TA has spawned to form various units for oversee ecological, railway engineering, oil sector and medical concerns, he said the TA was first deployed in Manipur in 2007 with its units attached to the 57 Mountain Division and IG Assam Rifles (South). Till date, nine TA officers and personnel have been decorated with the chief of army staff’s commendation, two awarded vice chief of army staff’s commendation and 34 conferred army commendation awards, he said and appreciated the sincere efforts and invaluable contribution of the Territorial Army towards peace and prosperity of the Nation.
While delivering the presidential address, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam lauded the Territorial Army for their ceaseless endeavour to forge healthy relationship with the local people. The Army, Assam Rifles and other security force units presently stationed in the state are involved in various community welfare service and other civic activities, he said and called upon the TA authority to continue with their invaluable service to the society.
Education minister Th Radheshyam, TA & Hills minister N Kayisii, MANIDCO chairman Dr Y Radheshyam, MLAs S Bira Singh and L Susindro, chief secretary, DGP, 57 Mountain Division GOC Major General VK Mishra, IGAR (South) Major General KP Singh, top civil and police officers, officers and families of 165 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) also attended the function.