Deepak Kumar Pandey
Her Excellency President of India Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil met with the girl students from remote border area of Arunachal Pradesh in President House. Under its Civic Action and Border Area Development Programme (BADP) ITBP has arranged an excursion of 20 girls and teachers from Papumpare, Kurang Kumery, Itanagar and West Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh from 13th to 19th August, 2009. President welcomed and inspired them to achieve bigger successes in their life and contribute towards progress of nation. Shri V. K. Upreti, Inspector General, ITBP and other senior officers of ITBP were also present on this occasion.
On this occasion, President said “I am sure that these students will gain valuable experience by seeing the historical monuments, discovering the values of unity in diversity and communal harmony. President told these girls to work for national unity and communal harmony. She praised ITBP by saying that ITBP is promoting communal harmony and national unity by organizing such programmes.
Speaking on this occasion girl students told, “ By virtue of this education excursion we could got opportunity to see things of nation importance such as Shoping Mall, Flyover, Metro Rail, Lotus Tample, Zoo, Agra Fort, Tajmahal and Achhar Dam Tample etc. We would never have visited to these things of historicals values if ITBP was not there to help up. ITBP is not even guarding us but supporting us in nation progress.
Shri V.K. Upreti, IG, ITBP introduced these girls with President. He said “Today’s interaction will definitely have a inspiring impact on these girls. I hope this will help in shaping the destiny of these fortunate girls.” He said that ITBP not only guards the border, it also works as friend of the border population and connects the border population with mainstream of India through its civic action programmes.
In the evening these girls met with Shri Vikram Srivastava, DG, ITBP at Directorate General CGO Complex, Lodhi Road. The girls expressed gratitude to ITBP and said that this excursion proved to be boon for them. They gained lot of experiences and knowledge from this education excursion.
Under its Civic Action Programmes following activities are being carried out by ITBP:-
i) Medical Camps for local population.
ii) IT Centre for community awareness.
iii) Instalation of solar energy system.
iv) Hygiene/ Sanitation awareness programmes.
v) Awareness programme on Women empowerment.
vi) Laying of water pipe lines for providing drinking water for local population.
vii) Projects pertaining to livestock management.
viii) Distribution of stationary items/ uniforms to school children.
ix) Educational excursions.
x) Veterinary camps.
xi) Organizing sports tournaments.
xii) Book- Keeping/ fisheries/ Agri-technique training.
xiii) Promotion of local handicrafts/ handlooms.