Imphal: Union Defense minister, Rajnath Singh, who was on a two-day visit to Manipur, interacted with over 1000 troops of Red Shield Division and Assam Rifles today.
The Union Defense minister was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pande, GOC-in–C Eastern Command, Lieutenant General R P Kalita, GOC Spear Corps, Lieutenant General R C Tiwari, GOC Red Shield Division, Major General Naveen Sachdeva, SM, IG Assam Rifles (South), Major General Rajan Sharawat along with other senior officers of Army and Assam Rifles in the interaction programme held at the IGAS (S) headquarters in Imphal’s Mantripukhri.
Speaking to the troops after the interaction, Rajnath encouraged the troops to serve the nation with dedication while crediting them “for the ever improving security situation in the border state of Manipur.” He said it was the courage and conviction of the troops that brought about improvement in the security situation in the state despite challenges posed by terrain and weather.
The Union Defense minister asserted that he felt proud being with them for a moment.
While lauding the contribution of the Red Shield Division in the “defense of the nation,” he also commended the stellar role of Assam Rifles in internal security and securing the Indo-Myanmar border.
“The Assam Rifles takes a key role in bringing northeast into the national mainstream,” he said, while adding that for this reason they are called ‘Friends of the northeast people.’
Rajnath Singh further exhorted the forces to keep the national flag high through unflinching dedication. He said that the nation can achieve absolute potential only when its borders are safe.
The Union minister arrived in Imphal on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of the Manipur chapter of the Durand Cup.
He along with Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh opened the Manipur chapter of the 131st edition of the Durand Cup 2022 at Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal.