As part of their endeavour to execute meaningful civic action programmes for the people of Kana Valley, the Sajik Tampak Battalion of 28 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) is undertaking a ten day Organic Farming Tour to Sikkim. The tour is so designed and planned to have a balance mix of entertainment and gain first hand experience on organic farming. A total of 20 farmers including seven females have been selected and provided preliminary training on the techniques of organic farming. The team was flagged off by Major General K P Singh, YSM, IGAR (South) and will proceed to Sikkim wherein a detailed educative tour on organic farming to include lectures by experts and visit to farms is scheduled. Since, its first of its kind exposure to most of the team members and their maiden visit to Sikkim which not only is a pioneer state in organic farming but also boasts of rich cultural heritage it is logical that Sajik Battalion has included the places of tourist interest in their itinerary. In addition meeting with renowned civil and military dignitaries is also part of the tour. its a complete package as it provides valuable exposure to the young farmers from the most isolated parts of Manipur, gives them opportunity to interact with learned personalities and also see our beautiful country. The Sajik battalion has undertaken valuable projects in the past as well. The battalion shares exceptional bonhomie with the local population which has proved a game changer. The battalion has made substantial progress in bridging the gap that subconsciously existed in the minds of the locals who felt neglected and isolated. The fast paced development project being executed by the battalion is causing serious crisis for the insurgent who are losing operational space and local support in their erstwhile stronghold of SajikTampak. The close association between the Kana Valley and Sajik battalion is evident from the fact that immediately after the recent stand off on Assam Rifles, the village Chiefs, Pastors and other elders of the village community expressed strong condemnation of the act and prayed for the safety of the unit in future as well. The church elders flagged a pertinent query as to why valley based insurgent groups are bringing bloodshed to the tribal hills. They urged the people of Kana valley to understand the ulterior motives of the insurgent who want this area to remain backward by stalling the development projects and by senseless violence. Its a great transformation of the minds and surely the Kana valley and Sajik battalion together will script success story for Sajik Tampak. Match Assam Rifles Organises Volleyball Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organised a Volleyball Match at Saibol village, Tengnoupal District on 21 September 2018 in which friendly matches were conducted to commemorate the ‘World Peace Day’. The match was attended by villagers of Shaibol, Yangkhul, Saisam, Moirengthel, Narum and the troops of Shaibol Company. A message of ‘Peace and Communal Harmony’ was spread amongst the villagers, at the end of the competition, prizes were distributed and refreshment was catered for all the locals.
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