Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju has thanked the Indian Army, ITBP and NDRF for their assistance in organizing the Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan.

Expressing thanks to the armed forces of the country on his Twitter handle, Union minister Rijiju said Indian Army and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are always proactive in extending their support to the important events and programmes of the government.

“I thank Indian Army, ITBP and NDRF for the assistance in organizing Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan. Indian Army and Central Armed Police Forces are always proactive in supporting any important events and programs,” Rijiju tweeted.

Union minister Rijiju on December 23, 2020 flagged off the 917 km long Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan, a river rafting expedition and public outreach programme in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

“The biggest river of our country, the mighty Brahmaputra, is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. It enters our motherland India near Gelling. Joined ‘Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan’ at Tuting organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & NDRF,” Rijiju tweeted after the launch of the event.

The month-long expedition is being organised by the Brahmaputra Board under the Union Jal Shakti Ministry and supported by the Arunachal Pradesh and Assam governments and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

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The Brahmaputra Aamantran Abhiyaan was undertaken as part of the public outreach, encouraging the youths and students and also to popularise the concept of ‘living with the river’.

“A collective data collection and sampling exercise would also be done on river water quality, sediments, erosion and fish habitat along the entire 917 km route, in collaboration with various reputed institutes,” an official of the Guwahati based Brahmaputra Board said.

The rafting expedition would culminate in Mankachar district near the India-Bangladesh border on January 21.

The Brahmaputra, one of the longest rivers in the world, flows from Tibet into Arunachal Pradesh, down to Assam and eventually Bangladesh.

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