Maitree Diwas symbolises the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces, said Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh during his address at the 11th Maitree Diwas Celebrations in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh today. The Maitree Diwas, is showcasing the local culture as well as modern military demonstrations, including Helicopter flypast and weapon display,
He said, this‘civil-military friendship’ is an assurance that the nation’s borders are doubly safe. He called for oneness among people, civil administration, Police and Central Armed Police Forces to realise the dream of ‘New India’.
Raksha Mantri also urged the youth of the border state to actively join the Armed Forces. “The people of Arunachal Pradesh are known for their patriotism. My ministry will see that Army Recruitment Centres are set up in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang,” he added.
Rajnath Singh said, his Ministry is also planning to set up an Army Liaison Cell in Itanagar to facilitate cooperation with the Army for Operational purposes in Arunachal Pradesh. It will be a single window entity for all issues, he said.
The two-day socio-military cultural extravaganza is jointly organised by the Indian Army, Tawang Civil Administration and volunteers at the High-Altitude Stadium, which stands as a testimony to the spirit of solidarity and patriotic fervour that runs deep amongst the locals of Tawang district.
Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh was the chief guest of the event, which was jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan.
‘Know Your Army’ is the theme of the event that is enlightening the youth about the Armed Forces and motivating them to adorn the uniform one day and serve the motherland. The inaugural event commenced with vibrant cultural programmes culminating in a scintillating performance by military pipe bands.
Later, Rajnath Singh visited Tawang War Memorial and offered tributes to the fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifice during the War of 1962. Raksha Mantri will end his day with Barakhana with troops. He is on a two-day visit to the North-Eastern state.