IMPHAL, Aug 27: A national integration tour was organized by 119 Infantry Battalion of Territorial Army (Assam) under the aegis of Red Shield Division for the students of Dima Hasao District. Under this the students of class VIth to Xth, belonging to various communities were taken on an organised visit to Guwahai and Kolkata. The aim of the tour was to bring awareness amongst the young generation about the development achieved by our nation and to ignite their minds to set higher goals for themselves and for the upliftment of the region.
The tour was flagged off on 15 Aug 2011 at Haflong by Mr Debojeet Thousan, CEM Dima Hasao Autonomous Council and Brig Ashim Kohli, Commander Haflong Brigade. The itinerary of the tour was planned to expose the children to various facets of modern India. On one hand they were given the exposure to modern and scientific India by taking them to Science city, Planetarium, ride in Metro Rail in Kolkata and shopping experience in modern shopping malls, on the other hand they were also shown the glimpses of rich historical and cultural diversity of our nation by visiting Assam State Museum, Kalakshetra Park at Guwahati and Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum and Fort Willam at Kolkata. They were thrilled to watch a movie in the multiplex at Kolkata. In addition the students also interacted with their counterparts at Kolkata which exposed them to the infrastructure of a modern educational system and the dedication required by modern day students to achieve higher goals in life.
During the tour the children got a unique opportunity to meet HE The Governor of Assam, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, General Officer Commanding, Bengal Area and Group Commander, Territorial Army. The children interacted with these dignitaries and spoke about their area and tribal values. The tour culminated on 25 Aug 11 at Haflong with a formal reception graced by senior Army Officers of Haflong Brigade and civil administration. At the function the students shared their experience with the locals, families and other students to highlight the importance of peace and tranquillity for the progress and development of the region. They thanked Indian Army for organizing such an informative and entertaining tour for the under privileged students of Dima Hasao district.