Badharghat (Tripura), Apr. 6 (ANI): Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers and officers donated blood during a mega blood donation camp at the Badharghat technical headquarters of the force.
The camp was organised by 10th battalion TSR in association with Tripura State Blood Transfusion Board and Society and inaugurated by DIG Tripura Police Rajesh Sharma.
Blood donation is organised by paramilitary forces under the civic action programme and one of the prime cause behind such programme to improve relation between force and local public and gain their confidence.
“As part of providing service to common people we go beyond our regimental activities sometimes and this type of blood donation camp we organise after every two or three months. Around 80 persons are donating blood voluntarily,” said Commandant Ray.
Such initiative is to help common people and to gain their confidence by developing relations with them and since the armed forces are directly related with the security related issues hence it is very important to gain the confidence of the civilians.
Normally blood donation camps are organised quarterly in a battalion and during the financial year some 254 units of blood were be collected from the battalion.
He added that though the TSR is basically a counter insurgency force but is also dedicated in service of the people.
The blood donated here will be used to save the lives of needy patients at civil hospital.
Rajiv Yadav, a TSR soldier who voluntarily donated blood expressed that he is considering lucky being a part of the blood donation camp.
“I have donated blood today, it will save someone’s life and a great help for the mankind. I have donated blood seven to eight times and in this our 10 battalion’s Commandant also takes part and inspires us. I shall consider myself very lucky,” said Rajiv.
While another trooper Tapan Ray who also took part in the blood donation camp said: “For the eighth time I am donating blood today. Our main role is maintain law and order in the country and help my countrymen. Keeping this in mind I feel very happy as I donate blood.”
Moreover, the camp was being organised to spread awareness about the killer disease HIV-AIDS among TSR soldiers and award the TSR troopers and their family members.
The programme is scheduled to continue in throughout the month in different TSR battalions as the state during this time of the year passes through crisis of blood.
TSR is the biggest state paramilitary force of Tripura with 12 battalions at present.
TSR after successful counter insurgency operation in Tripura has been engaged in election duties in West Bengal and Bihar and was also called for security duties during the Common Wealth Games in Delhi. (ANI)