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SSB takes girls from remote border villages on study tour
Correspondent

Beneficiaries of the study tour along with the SSB personnel. – Photo: Mayukh Goswami
 MANGALDAI, Dec 15 - “I am very much delighted that for the first time in my life I had the opportunity to visit places outside Assam. My long-cherished dream of seeing the world famous Taj Mahal with my own eyes ultimately came true,” informed 20-year-old girl Jitumani Boro of No. 4 Bangurum village along the Indo-Bhutan international border.

 Similarly, Rukmoni Rai (20) hailing from Nonaikhuti, another remote border village said, “I just cannot express my joy in words after visiting our national capital Delhi, Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and many other places of historical importance.”

Along with Jitumani and Rukmoni, another 23 young girls from a dozen of villages along the Indo-Bhutan international border had started their dream journey towards New Delhi, Agra, Mathura and Brindavan via Guwahati. Thanks to the SSB’s 37 Battalion for organising this 10-day study-cum-excursion under their Community Development Programme.

The journey had been ceremonially flagged off by Chance Keishing, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the battalion at its headquarter at village Bezpara near here on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, DIG Keishing urged upon the young girls from the remotely accessible border areas to develop the quality of leadership among themselves with a positive intention of knowledge gathering and interacting with people from different cultures, language and geographical locations.

“Never feel disadvantaged or in any way inferior for coming from a remote village. It is not your native place, but your positive intent for acquiring knowledge that will help you in life to develop leadership qualities for the future,” DIG Keishing emphasised.

Joy Gopal Namosudra, the officiating Commandant of the battalion in his speech highlighted the important things that need to be maintained for smooth conduct of a long journey like this.

Earlier, Deputy Commandant Manoj Kumar Ram lucidly explained the objectives of the study tour. The team of girls which had left for Guwahati on Saturday afternoon was accompanied by Assistant Commandant Ashok Roy as the team manager while Inspector N Taruni Devi gave them company as the team leader.

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