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Meet focus on force betterment

Shillong, Jan. 2: Formation commanders, commandants of Assam Rifles battalions and staff officers of the Headquarters Directorate General, Assam Rifles are taking part in the two-day Assam Rifles commanderís conference 2014, which commenced here today.

In his opening address, director-general of Assam Rifles, Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh, congratulated all commanders and other ranks of the paramilitary force for their good performance and exhorted all participants to carry out a sincere appraisal of operational and administrative issues for long-term betterment of the force.

Representatives from the army headquarters and the Calcutta-based Eastern Command headquarters are attending the conference as special invitees. The conference is a biannual event aimed at analysing the operational, training and administrative arrangements with a view to ensure highest degree of efficiency of the Assam Rifles.

The conference also provides a platform for the field commanders to project their viewpoints and inputs to further give a fillip to the capabilities of the oldest paramilitary force of the country.

The 179-year-old Assam Rifles has been involved in various operations, including World Wars I and II, the Sino-Indian conflict of 1962, the Indo-Pakistan wars in 1965 and 1971, Operation Rakshak in Jammu and Kashmir and Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka.

The force is at present deployed along the Indo-Myanmar border and in the northeastern states hit by insurgency. Last year, an idea was mooted to replace it with the BSF on the international border.