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Solar lanterns bring light for Manipur villages

Chandel , Fri, 23 Mar 2012 ANI

Chandel, Mar 23 (ANI): Hundreds of people thronged a daylong camp set up by the Assam Rifles at their headquarters in Manipur's Chandel District, where the paramilitary force distributed 200 solar lanterns to 27 villages which face an erratic supply of electricity.

"We already decided to distribute solar lanterns in the villages of hill areas in the beginning of this financial year. We procured it through the organization headed by Dr Pachouri and today we are distributing it to different village chiefs so that it will help the villagers in their daily lives," said U K Gurung, Inspector General, Assam Rifles (South).

The lanterns were distributed in order to help the village children study at night and women to do their household chores. Assam Rifles officers assured that more such initiatives would be taken to improve the infrastructure in the area.

The camp was organized in joint collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi that works to provide alternative energy solutions in the country.

"We do not get regular supply electricity in our village, so I am happy and grateful to Assam Rifles for giving us these solar lanterns," said M Simon, village chief, Yongkhul Village, Chandel District.

"There is no regular supply of electricity in our villages in the hill area so we asked the Assam Rifles to help us by providing solar lanterns. Today they have given us these lanterns and I am grateful to them and the people in my village will be very happy," said D S Mopham, secretary, Chingjaroi Village, Chandel District.

Assam Rifles has been operating in the region for a long time and plays an important role in maintaining law and order.

They work towards curbing militancy and bringing the mislead youth back to the mainstream, other than helping the people of the region. (ANI)

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