Srinagar, Nov 26: Army chief General Manoj Pande Saturday lauded the stellar role played by the Rashtriya Rifles- the counter insurgency force of the Army- in restoring and preserving peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chief of the Army Staff said this through video conferencing while addressing 12th Rashtriya Rifles Biennial Conference which was held at Srinagar from 25 to 26 Nov 2022. The conference was chaired by Army Commander Northern Command.
In address, the Chief of Army Staff lauded the stellar role played by the Rashtirya Rifles in restoring and preserving peace in Jammu and Kashmir and extolled its contribution towards inclusive development and in nation building. He outlined the present and future focus of operations aimed through people friendly operations. He further emphasized upon the need for avoiding collateral damage and ensuring the dignity and human rights of the Awam at all times. He appreciated the role being played by the Rashtriya Rifles battalions in the counter infiltration role along the LC.
The conference identified contemporary challenges to the Rashtriya Rifles at operational level, the need to re-organise and train for these in the realm of both counter insurgency and conventional threats. Brainstorming sessions were held for enhancing the operational efficiency.
Known for its public outreach efforts, the Rashtriya Rifles has assisted the locals from inaccessible and far flung areas of the UT of J&K. Rashtriya Rifles has been providing assistance in diverse fields and has given an impetus to development, growth, education, women empowerment, skill development and communal harmony through its multifarious enabling civil action programs.
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