Guwahati, Jun 14: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today requested Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to consider setting up a National Level Training Institute for Armed Forces in Assam.
Calling on the new Defence Minister in New Delhi, Sonowal expressed hope that Assam and North East would benefit immensely from his leadership of the Armed Forces.
He informed the Defence Minister that insurgency in the region has been controlled to a large extend with full support of the Army and exuded confidence that law and order situation of the State will further improve in the near future.
The Chief Minister apprised the Union Minister about various steps taken by the State government to inculcate spirit of nationalism in the youth starting with elaborate three days celebration of Independence Day, holding many national and international sports and other events.
He also informed him that in spite of significant deployment of Armed forces for guarding the borders and for tackling insurgency in Assam, the state does not have a single institution of Armed Forces.
The chief minister, therefore, requested the Defence Minister to consider setting up a National Level Training Institute of Armed Forces in the State and informed that required land for the institute would be provided by the Assam Government.
Sonowal observed that the national level training institution will inspire the youth of Assam and the North East to join armed forces and will promote nationalism and national integration.
Meanwhile, Sonowal had met Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ at the latter’s official residence in New Delhi yesterday and discussed various issues related to education scenario of North East in general and Assam in particular.
Sonowal also extended best wishes to the HRD Minister for his new assignment.