Arunachal Governor reviews Assam Rifles mahila passing out parade
Dimapur, March 2 (EMN): A total of 868 new mahila recruits marched in perfect rhythm and synchronization and passed out of the parade ground of the Assam Rifles Training Centre and School (ARTC&S) in Shokhuvi on March 2 during the special attestation parade.
The attestation parade marked the completion of 44 weeks of grueling training in battle craft, weapon handling, jungle lane shooting and other specialization in counter-insurgency operation, an update from ARTC&S stated on Wednesday. The attestation parade was unique for the fact that it had only mahila recruits led by Maj. Sita Shelke, a lady officer posted at the ARTC&S.
The passing out parade was reviewed by Brig (Retd) Dr. BD Mishra, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, in the presence of Lt. Gen. PC Nair, Director General Assam Rifles, and other senior officers of the Indian army and the Assam Rifles.
Addressing the recruits, the Governor highlighted the rich history of the Assam Rifles as the oldest paramilitary force of the country and its diversified role. He congratulated the recruits and their proud parents on successful completion of training and wished them success and happiness in their future endeavours.
The Governor called on the recruits to serve the nation with all sincerity besides asking them to keep pace with technology. He also stated that, as mahila soldiers, their job was even more challenging than their male counterparts given that besides their job responsibility they would also have to shoulder the responsibility of their families.
The Governor added that he was pleased to attend the unique passing out parade, which was all women and perhaps the largest number of mahila recruits passing out from any academy or training centre anywhere in the country.
It mentioned that Assam Rifles is the oldest para military force of the nation and has inducted riflewomen in all frontline duties since 2015. It stated that the brave riflewomen have proven their mettle not only in the Northeast but also in Jammu and Kashmir and UN Missions.
It stated that as on date, Assam Rifles has 36 riflewomen deployed in the Kashmir Valley and more than 34 have served in the UN Mission at Golan Heights, Israel (UNDOF) and Congo (MONUSCO). Their presence in the frontline duty has not only instilled a sense of security among the local women and children but also boosted the image of the country as being a progressive women empowermen country.
It further stated that the newly passed out riflewomen (mahila soldiers) would now join their respective units in all frontline duties and continue to serve the country thereby making it a moment of glory not only for the Assam Rifles but also the entire nation.