IMPHAL: In continuance to the sustained efforts to uplift the standard of living of local populace, Tengnoupal Battalion of 26 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) presented Rice Mill to Shaibol village on Friday.
Shaibol is a remotely located village near the Indo-Myanmar Border, far away from main stream societies of Manipur. Meeting routine requirement is a challenge for villagers of Shaibol as it is devoid of basic infrastructure to sustain livelihood. Rice is cultivated extensively in Shaibol and forms part of staple diet of locals. Processing rice out of rice leaf is a herculean task for villagers as it had to be manually separated in absence of Rice Mill. The villagers were in possession of an old Rice Mill and it became non functional, which forced villagers to buy rice from Myanmar apart from the manual processing of rice. The villagers therefore approached Tengnoupal battalion to provide assistance in procurement of Rice Mill, which was promptly accepted. The Rice Mill was presented to the village Chief of Shaibol on behalf of Assam Rifles in presence of other villagers. Shaibol also celebrated its Platinum Jubilee of institution of Church in January 2020 and the village authorities had approached Tengnoupal battalion for providing assistance for celebrations. Tengnoupal battalion readily provided the requisite administrative support to the village authorities and actively participated in celebrations with gusto so as to imbibe the unique culture of Shaibol village. Medical camps have also been conducted at Shaibol by Tengnoupal battalion to provide primary health benefits to the villagers in absence of Primary Health Centre.
Provision of Rice Mill at Shaibol village will reduce the human effort in processing of rice and will augment the standard of life of local populace. The village Chief on behalf of all villagers expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Assam Rifles for provision of Rice Mill, medical camp and rendering assistance for Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Tengnoupal battalion is resolute to provide basic infrastructure to uplift standard of living of local populace at remote villages.