After Tawang, Army organised Maitree Diwas at Rupa, West Kameng dist of Arunachal Pradesh.
On the heels of 10th Tawang Maitree Diwas, the first ever West Kameng Maitree Diwas was organised by Indian Army and Rupa Administration at Rupa Stadium here amidst great excitement and hope, taking all present with Surprise.
Soon after a joint decision was taken by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the Gajraj Corps Commander, the necessary preparations were made on War Footing giving shape to the long awaited dream of the locals.
The proceedings, organised under guidance of Major General RK Jha, GOC, Ball of Fire Division, were chaired by the Dr Mohesh Chai, Minister of Agriculture and Sports, Arunachal Pradesh and Lt Gen GS Sangha, the Corps Commander.
The minister moved at a short notice as a special representative of the Chief Minister, who could not make it for the event.
In four hours of jam-packed performance, the Army as well as civil artists put a splendid display of Military skills and Cultural extravaganza.
The display of Military drills and equipment was liked most by locals and school children present. On the sidelines of the event, a bicycle expedition under aegis of National Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports was flagged of from Rupa to Bumla.
Addressing on the occasion, the Chief Guest appreciated the superior performances by all the military and Civil participants. He assured on behalf of the CM, to make the West Kameng Maitree Diwas as an annual event, marking the strong Civil – Military relationship in the district.
The Corps Commander applauded the efforts of the Indian Army and the Rupa Administration for an unbelievable show put up during the Inaugural edition of West Kameng Maitree Diwas.
Amongst the other dignitaries present were Chief of Staff, Tezpur Corps, IG Police, Sh Sunil Garg and other senior Military and Civil administration officials.
The event dawns a new era in the history of Rupa and the Civil Military relations in the state as part of the vision of Lt Gen MM Naravane, the Eastern Army Commander.