“It is a matter of great pride for me to be amongst the Himveers of ITBPF, one of the premier border guarding forces of India and flag off a mission which will open adventure tourism and mountaineering avenues in the still unexplored region of Arunachal Pradesh and will increase interaction among security forces and local people for benefits of both” said Chief Minister Pema Khandu while flagging off ITBPF-IMF Mt Kangto (7042 mtrs. Aprox. 23200 Ft above sea level) Joint Expedition 2016 here at North East Frontier Headquarters of ITBPF at Khating Hills today.
CM Khandu believed that the joint expedition by the ITBPF which has uncountable achievements in the field of mountaineering with Indian Mountaineering Foundation, a premier organization in the field of mountaineering which regulates and undertakes various mountaineering expeditions in India and keeps on exploring India’s highest, inaccessible and challenging regions would certainly wave the glorious Indian Tri-colour flag atop Kangto peak, the highest one of the state.
“As the mission is very tough and challenging due to several threats and obstacles on the way, I congratulate the ITBPF and IMF for conceiving and executing such a crucial mission knowing that many earlier missions in this area have been unsuccessful. I pray Almighty for safety of the team members and wish grand success to the expedition” CM wished.
Khandu assured that the State Government would provide all help and assistance in terms of logistic, local support, chopper service at times of emergency in order to make the mission successful and smooth. He made special request to the Home Minister who happens to be the local MLA of Bameng, Kumar Waii, to ensure that the team which is passing through his constituency be provided all possible local support.
CM viewed the expedition as very important from Arunachal Pradesh’s point of view as it would open up new vistas and help local people in many ways. It would also explore the yet to be explored region of Arunachal Pradesh and will make the reach of local administration in the area easy and approachable.
In the sideline of the programme, Khandu extended his sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for shifting the North East Frontier Headquarters of ITBPF from Shillong to Itanagar. Pema hoped that having the frontier headquarters in the State Capital would not only help in securing the borders but would also benefit the state in effective law and order management.
Your border guarding duties, civic action programmes, respect for local people and welfare activities are testimony of your professionalism and humanism. I am equally happy that Himveers are always at the forefront whenever there is need for management of disasters and mitigation, added CM in praise of the ITBPF without mincing a word.
CM reiterated for recruiting more and more Arunachalee Youths in the premier force justifying that Arunachalee youths are brave, disciplined and are born adventurous having knowledge about jungles and mountains.
Earlier, M S Rawat, IG ITBPF in his welcome addressed briefed about the activities undertaken by ITBPF in North East.
Among others, Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs Nyamar Karbak, rank and files of ITBPF were present on the occasion.