Governor exhorts Arunachal Battalion to shoulder responsibility
ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Your name will be always there in the history of this battalion as the responsibility of its raising is on your shoulders, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh, while addressing the officers and jawans of 1 Arunachal Scouts at Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong this evening. This responsibility itself is a challenge and I am confident that you will accomplish it with excellent, he added.
Governor said, rising of Arunachal Scouts is taken up after much thoughts and discussions by the State Government and Ministry of Defence and in future this battalion has to play its special role. You will come across challenging phases in the future; therefore, your training, your discipline and your combat readiness have to be of highest order. Therefore you have to prepare yourself and carry out this raising as soon as possible. You have approximately six months for the raising and I am sure with you unison effort, you will make it successful.
Former chief of Indian Army advised them to make themselves familiar with every part of Arunachal Pradesh and its terrains and topography during the training and pointed that it will help them in their deployment in the State.
Exhorting the personnel, Gen Singh said, once you have joined the raising of this battalion, you should try to create such a combat record in your period, which will make you proud and such praiseworthy records, which cannot be erased by other. And for that you have to work hard under supreme discipline and tough training, he remarked.
Acknowledging that 1 Arunachal Scouts battalion is being born out of Assam Regiment which is one of the lone infantry regiment of Indian Army, which has personnel from northeast State making it unique and known for its toughness, Gen Singh said, Assam Regiment have the full potential, warfare skills and strong physical and mental abilities of North East region, which is required in a combatant. In warfare expertise, bravery and discipline, it is second to none. Arunachal Scouts should also acquire such tradition of utmost discipline and complete perfection in warfare proficiency. Governor, while congratulating Colonel Anuj Jain and Subedar Major Narbir Dahal for being the first Commanding Officer and first Subedar Major of this battalion, expressed his hope that under their dynamic leadership and able guidance 1 Arunachal Scouts battalion will have strong foundation and rich tradition.
The Governor is on a two-day visit to the Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong to participate in the interaction with 1 Arunachal Scouts organized as part of the 31st Biennial conference and 10th reunion of Assam Regiment from 10th to 12th November 2010.
The Indian Army formally raised the first battalion of the Arunachal Pradesh scouts, a well-trained army unit that will be operative only in Arunachal Prades on 10th November 2010. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu formally inaugurated the raising day of the Arunachal Pradesh scouts at the parade ground of the Assam Regimental Centre (ARC), Shillong. The functions and operations of Arunachal Pradesh scouts will be similar to that of the Ladakh scouts, the frontier unit of the Indian Army that had played a major role during the Kargil war. Although Arunachal Pradesh scouts will be under the aegis of the Assam Regiment, the men will be from the qualified inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
Source: The Arunachal Times