Rajnath Singh Greets Personnel On 186Th Rising Day Of Assam Rifles
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday greeted the Assam Rifles personnel and their families on the occasion of the 186th Raising Day of Assam Rifles.
The minister also appreciated the courage and professionalism of the force.
The Assam Rifles is the oldest paramilitary force of India, dating back to 1835 under the British Raj, raised under the name Cachar Levy. The present name of “Assam Rifles” has been used since 1917. Over the course of its history, the Assam Rifles have served in a number of roles, conflicts and theatres including World War I, where they served in Europe and the Middle East, and World War II, where they served mainly in Burma. After the Chinese annexation of Tibet, the Assam Rifles were tasked with manning the Tibet border of the Assam Himalayan region. They were also instrumental in maintaining law and order in the tribal Arunachal Pradesh.
The force is under the control of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). There are currently 46 battalions of Assam Rifles with a sanctioned strength of 63,747 personnel. They perform many roles including the provision of internal security under the control of the army through the conduct of counter insurgency and border security operations, provision of aid to the civilians in times of emergency, and the provision of communications, medical assistance and education in remote areas. In times of war, they can also be used as a combat force to secure rear areas if needed. Since 2002 the force has been given the role of guarding the Indo–Myanmar barrier.