Army commander Lt Gen Anil Chauhan conferring GOC-in-Commendation card to DC Dibang Valley Minga Sherpa at army HQ in Assam's Dinjan

Tinsukia: The GOC-in-C, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan on Tuesday conferred his Commendation Card along with appreciation citation upon deputy commissioner (DC) Minga Sherpa for his relentless support towards Indian Army’s endeavours in developing key infrastructure and security-related installations in the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh at a special function organised by the Dao Division of Indian army at Assam’s Dinjan army headquarters.

Dibang valley, a far-flung district of Aruanachal Pradesh bordering China, is around 350 km from Dinjan and takes a seven-and-a-half hours’ drive to reach Anini — the district headquarters.

The development comes on the backdrop of an increase in deployment of forces along Indo-Sino border in Arunachal Pradesh as a fallout of the Galwan incident in June last year in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred.

According to army sources, Sherpa has been chosen for one of the highest honours of the Army for his proactive role in addressing road connectivity issues and facilitating Indian Army’s efforts for enhancement of quality of life for troops and locals staying in remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh besides promoting civil military cooperation.

“He has also been instrumental in speeding up land acquisition cases, repair of far flung bridges and commissioning of Hydel Power Plant to improve the infrastructure in one the country’s most remote areas,” source in the army added.

Talking to this correspondent, Sherpa said, “I am very excited to receive the honour and grateful to the army for recognizing for recognising the works done by district administration of Dibang Valley.”

“The commendation card goes to my entire team who have been instrumental in delivering the mandate. Sherpa underlined that it is the duty of every civil administration, particularly in remote areas, to extend help all possible support to army who are their to protect the country from enemies and help bring happiness in the lives of people reisding in border areas through social welfare initiatives,” Sherpa added.

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