In these tiring times of COVID restrictions came a new ray of hope from remote rural areas of Tamei Sub Division in Tamenglong dist of Manipur. Assam Rifles extended their support to repair the vital Tamei – Dikhuiram road which connects many far flung villages both in Manipur and Nagaland. In absence of any govt assistance to repair this depleted road connecting as many as 35 villages in hinterland, 44 Assam Rifles under the aegis of 22 Sect AR/ IGAR(EAST) took the initiative & started repairing the link road.
Taking motivation from the initiative of Assam Rifles, the locals from Dikhuiram village also pledged to toil in the sunlight, leaving behind their farm work and joined hands with Assam Rifles to change the fate of many villages in the hinterland. The repair work had started on 12 Oct 20 and got completed on 04 Jan 21. Working against all odds, it took 85 days to complete the repair work of 22km stretch of the road. The repair work has come as a new year gift for the villagers as now they will have access to better education, health, employment, government developmental schemes and markets for self reliance opportunities.
The road was inaugurated and dedicated to the locals of the area on 09 Feb 21 by IGAR (EAST) in presence of huge crowd from nearby areas. Speaking on the occasion he asserted people to be self sustained, acquire professional skills and contribute constructively in the nation development. The enthusiastic villagers sang songs danced to express their happiness over what they have achieved together with security forces in the area. These achievers were felicitated by the Assam Rifles further strengthening the bond of friendship with them.
The locals along with Assam Rifles have written a new story of self reliance as professed by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Certainly the synergised efforts of Assam Rifles and locals have shown a light of hope to the villagers in the present trying situation of COVID-19 pandemic.