Imphal March 15,
As part of ongoing efforts to provide basic amenities to locals from remote areas, Mantripukhri Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (South) distributed twelve Sewing Machines to achieve meaningful socio-economic development and Women Empowerment in Sawombung Lamlai Area of Imphal East District.
The Battalion provided twelve sewing machines to the needy women to make them self reliant and provide them a source of income. This initiative will improve skill development amongst women folk and give them independence along with livelihood thereby empowering them to lead a dignified life.
The inaugural event witnessed an attendance of over 350 locals. The function was presided over respective Company Commanders alongwith President Meira Paibis of the respective villages and respective village Headmen. The womenfolk were urged to make optimum use of the sewing machines for adequate skill development in addition to women empowerment thereby weaning them away from negative impacts of insurgency. Thereafter, the three sewing machines each were handed over to the respective village heads of the four villages Nongda, Lamlai, Sagolmang and Tiger Camp. While lauding the efforts of Mantripukhri Battalion for its initiative in reaching out to the needy, the Company commanders assured the villagers that Assam Rifles will continue to undertake such projects for the development and welfare of people of Manipur.
The President of the Meira Paibi, Lamlai and Sagolmang area speaking on the occasion praised the thoughtful initiative of the security forces and told that this gesture will pave way for socio-economic upliftment and development of the region and inturn result in peace and harmony in the state.
The villagers appreciated the gesture of the Assam Rifles in reaching out to them and hoped that this effort would go a long way in further cementing the bond between the people of Manipur and the forces.