New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Defence Minister AK Antony today said that terrorism continues to be a prime source of concern, not just for India, but also for the entire world.
Addressing the 60th Anniversary Parade of the Territorial Army, Antony said as the country assumes an increased role in defining international policies and initiatives, the need of the hour is to secure the environment, both external and internal.
"Given the security concerns of the times we live in, our Armed Forces have a particularly crucial role to play in securing our country from external and internal threats," he said.
Commending the Territorial Army for setting the benchmark of professionalism since its inception, the Defence Minister said the Citizens' Army has a great responsibility in augmenting the regular Army, be it during war, national emergencies for peace.
Antony said the Ecological (TA) Battalions are unique the world over. "The untiring efforts of the 'Green Warriors' in afforestation, environment development and preservation of the fragile ecology in various parts of the country is praiseworthy," he added.
Antony called upon the youth to enrol themselves for the part time and voluntary uniformed force.
Raised by C. Rajagopalachari, the first Governor General of free India, on October 9, 1949, the Territorial Army is celebrating its diamond jubilee year. (ANI)