ITANAGAR, Jun 20: Assam Rifles’ Khonsa Battalion on Tuesday distributed free solar lights to villagers living along the India-Myanmar border in of Tirap and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
A DIPRO report said 1,300 solar lights worth Rs 5.2 lakh were distributed in Raho, Lyangchen, Chongkhao, Chop, Horu Chinhan, Chinhan, Khasa, Jagan, Konnu and Wakka villages. Some 5,000 people live in these villages.
The far-flung border villages of the Northeast along the India-Myanmar border have lagged behind in infrastructure development due to an inaccessible terrain and proliferation of insurgency.
Many of these villages do not have safe drinking water and electricity. Guided by its motto ‘Friends of the Northeast People’, the Assam Rifles has been trying to alleviate the hardship faced by these people, the communiqué said.
The solar lights were distributed under the aegis of Dao Division and Director General of Assam Rifles (DGAR) in conjunction with Eco Solution, a Mumbai-based NGO headed by Yatendra Aggarwal.
The villagers appreciated the efforts undertaken by Assam Rifles for lighting up their homes as well as hopes, the report added.