Arunachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2020

Ponung Doming – First woman officer from Arunachal Pradesh to become Lieutenant Colonel In Indian Army

Ponung Doming is the first lady officer from Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian army to be elevated to the rank of Lieutenant colonel.

She was commissioned into the Indian army as Lieutenant in 2008. She is currently posted in Pune, Maharashtra. Doming had completed her graduation in civil engineering. She served the UN Peace keeping force in Congo in 2014.

Women in Indian Armed forces

Women in armed forces were recruited only in the officer’s rank till 2018. The Indian army for the first time issued notification in 2019 inviting female applicants for the position of Soldier General Duty, personnel below officer rank. There are around 3.8% of women officers in the army. Navy has 6% of women officers and air force has 13% of women officers.

Punita Arora was the first woman officer to become Lieutenant General in the Indian armed forces. She had won 15 medals in her 36 years of services in the Indian armed forces. She was from Punjab.

In India, females are not allowed to serve in combat units like armored corps, infantry and Mechanised infantry. The role of women in Indian army began in 1888 when the British Raj began Indian Military Nursing Service. It was only in 1992, the Indian army began inducting women in non – medical roles. Later in 2007, the UN first all female peace keeping force was deployed to Liberia by India. This was first of its kind not only in India but through out the world!

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IAF inaugurates Vijaynagar’s Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh

The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated the resurfaced runway at the Vijaynagar Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Changlang District in Arunachal Pradesh, which will enable operations by military transport aircraft at the base near the China border. This has also re-established military transport aircraft connectivity at this Eastern most hamlet of India.

The resurfaced runway was jointly inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Commander Air Marshal R D Mathur and Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan.

About Vijay Nagar ALG

Background: As part of efforts to strengthen military infrastructure along China border, IAF reactivated 8 ALGs to enable aircraft operations along border with China. The Vijay Nagar ALG was 1st activated in 2011-12 and was non-operational for fixed-wing operations since 2016. However, the runway has been resurfaced under recently completed works there.

The repair of runway at Vijaynagar, was coordinated by Air Force Station, Jorhat. It was a challenging task as there being no road connectivity, all the load had to be airlifted by helicopters.

Benefits of Airfield

The movement of larger transport aircraft to and from this airfield will act as a catalyst for development of area and it will also facilitate movement of locals.

It is also important not only for local administration in extending their reach to residents of this remote area but also crucial from a strategic point of view. ALG will assist in effective management of borders with Myanmar and China (due to its location and proximity to both the borders) as well as will facilitate launch of joint operations by Indian Army and Indian Air Force for defence of Vijaynagar salient.

NOTE:

India shares 3488 km of border with China, out of this State of Arunachal Pradesh share 1126 km length of India-China border called Line of Actual Control (LAC). India shares 1643 km of border with Myanmar and the border of Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar is 526 km long.

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