188th Raising Day of Assam Rifles
The Assam Rifles (AR) is a central paramilitary force responsible for border security, counter-insurgency, and maintaining law and order in Northeast India. It is also responsible for guarding the Indo-Myanmar border. The AR is the oldest paramilitary force in India, originally raised in 1835 as Cachar Levy, a militia to protect tea gardens and fertile plains of Assam against unruly tribes. Its scope increased with the expansion of British Raj in Northeast India, and were used against insurgency in the region. The force was redesigned as Assam Frontier Police in 1883, Assam Military Police in 1891, and East Bengal and Assam Military Police in 1913. It got its present name in 1917.
Recruitment, perks, promotions, and retirement policies of AR are governed by CAPF rules. Around 80 percent of its officers are deputed from the Indian Army, and the remaining from AR cadre. The AR is commanded by the Director General of the Assam Rifles (DG AR) who is appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Celebrating the 188th Raising Day
On March 24, 2023, the Assam Rifles celebrated its 188th raising day in Shillong. The AR battalions in Manipur also celebrated the occasion with various welfare activities for school children, orphans, and others as a part of its service to the nation. The Tamenglong Battalion under the aegis of Jwalamukhi Sector organized a visit to nearby orphanages and schools at Tamenglong, Kahulong, Awangkhul, Tamei, and Dikuiram and carried out celebrations with the children.
Wreath Laying Ceremony and Sainik Sammelan
The Sehlon Battalion under the aegis of Headquater Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) conducted a wreath-laying ceremony for all Martyrs of Assam Rifles, special Sainik Sammelan for Troops, screening of a short movie on unit history, and barakhana. The occasion was celebrated with full zeal and enthusiasm.
Commitment to Serving the Nation
The Assam Rifles remain committed to service to the nation. The tales of sacrifice, courage, and friendship of Assam Rifles wherein they beat all odds of harsh terrain and weather of North East have always been an inspiration for people all over the nation. The force has been serving the nation for the last 187 years, earning many laurels at all levels.
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