Besides internal security, army assistance is sought by the governments of the northeastern states for many reasons. Usually it is during times of natural calamities. It was sought for the first time in 1950 when Assam was hit by an earthquake followed by floods. There have been numerous other instances thereafter when Army was called out to help the civil administration. In each and every case, without exception, the organizational strength of army formations and units and the dedication of disciplined Army personnel, overcame numerous challenges to rise to the occasion to provide immediate relief to the affected people.
At times requests for assistance are also made to make use of the specialized equipment and the expertise available with the Army. It could be for the launching of a bridge, as an immediate replacement for one that may have been washed away, or it could well be for army divers to locate the victims and the wreckage of a bus that may have fallen in river.