Patil assures sophisticated training for AR

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Shokhuvi, May 14 (UNI) Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today assured the Assam Rifles(AR) of providing them with more sophisticated training to help them in combating all sorts of anti-government forces.

Addressing the 235 newly recruited AR jawans and other officials in an Attestation Parade here under Dimapur district this afternoon, the Home Minister said the AR, being one of the oldest armed forces in the country has contributed a lot for peace in the nation and assured them of providing more sophisticated training.

Mr Patil said with the changing needs of the modern world, the AR also needed advanced training to cope with the other security forces and miscreant groups and assured that necessary funds would be provided for the introduction of new courses during their training period.

''The well-trained security forces in India have a great demand in other countries and demands for more Indian forces are pouring in,'' he said and expressed hopes AR personnel would also go abroad to provide their best services to other countries.

He asked the jawans to join hands with the Centre for economic development of the country and provide a new image of the security forces and bring about peace and stability in the country.

He also asked the state governments to modernise the police forces to step-up law and order.

Furthermore, he assured the Central aid in raising well-trained police forces in the states with all necessary equipment.

Mr Patil then left for Kohima by helicopter, where he reviewed the security scenario of the state with Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in presence of senior army officials.

He left for New Delhi later this afternoon.

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