Itanagar: More than 30 ‘misguided’ youth of Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district have eschewed the path of violence and joined the mainstream during the last two years to lead a normal life – thanks to the relentless efforts of the Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles and Longding Police to encourage them to do so.
“The relentless efforts of the Assam Rifles Battalion and Longding Police over a period of last two years had encouraged over 30 misguided youth of Longding district who were members of various underground organisations to shun the path of violence and join mainstream,” stated a release from the oldest paramilitary force.
Taking a step further, the Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles conceived a noble idea to empower the surrendered cadres by imparting them skill training. The idea was to encourage them to earn an honest living.
In the meantime, the month-long skill development training programme, conducted by the Longding Battalion of Assam Rifles and district Industries Department under the Assam Rifles Civic Action Programme 2022-23 concluded on Saturday.
In June 2022, the Assam Rifles Battalion systematically screened and identified 12 surrendered cadres for imparting skill training based on their aptitudes and inclination in conjunction with the Longding district Industries Department.
During the month-long workshop, which commenced on February 23, the attendees were imparted theoretical and practical knowledge of a trade of their choice viz. carpentry, electrician and plumbing.
Besides giving an honorarium, the surrendered cadres were distributed free tool kits on successful completion of the workshop.
Deputy Director of Industries Holan Arangham felicitated the participants with a proficiency certificate for successful completion of skill training.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Col K S Gill, Commandant of Longding Battalion Assam Rifles exhorted the attendees to exploit their newly acquired skill to earn an honest living and encourage their counterparts in various UG organisations to follow their footsteps. He assured them continued assistance in their pursuits to live an honourable life.
The erstwhile misguided youth expressed their heartfelt thanks to the AR for sponsoring and meticulously conducting skill training. They unanimously vowed to live an honourable life and encourage their peers in UG organisations to lay down arms and join the mainstream.
“The metamorphic enterprise by Assam Rifles assumes significance, especially when the insurgency-infested Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) region is on a cusp of normalcy. The recent ‘homecoming’ of the rebel outfit, Eastern Naga National Govt (ENNG) in the presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and senior officials of Assam Rifles and State Police is a clear indication of winds of change,” AR sources said.