Wednesday, 1 February 2012


SHOPIAN:  As a part of SADHBHAVANA project of Indian Army for integrating the people especially of the remote and underdeveloped areas of J&K into the nation’s mainstream, an educational/motivational tour for a group of 38 children in the age group 12-17 years accompanied by three teachers and Army staff from Kulgam and Shopian districts of South Kashmir was conducted by 62 Rashtriya Rifles (DOGRA)  under the aegis of 2 Sector Rashtriya Rifles of Victor Force. 
The exuberant and enterprising group of 38 school children had left on 10 days tour of Dehradun - Chandigarh and Jammu on 22 Jan 12.  The children had joy writ large on their faces as they had got a glimpse of some of the most incredible places in the country which gave them an insight in to the all round progress of our nation and our cultural diversity and rich heritage.

Many participants got a chance to cross the famous ‘Jawahar Tunnel’ for the first time in their life and got the opportunity to travel by bus across India.  In city of Dehradun, they visited IMA Dehradun, FRI, Shahastradhara, Deer Park, Sahay IAS Academy, Company Bagh, Kempty Fall, Mall Road Market, Rajpur Road Market and also meet her excellency Mrs  Margaret Alva, Governor of Uttarakhand,.  They also got the opportunity to interact with the cadets of IMA Dehradun. 
In the well planned city of India (Chandigarh), the children visited Air Force Stn, interacted with Lt Gen SR Ghosh, PVSM, AVSM, SM, ADC, GOC-in-C, Western Comd and saw Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukna Lake, Pinjore Gargen, Rajiv Gandhi IT, Dinosaurs Park, 17 Sector market and malls. 
The tour was flagged in by Cdr 2 Sect. The children recounted their experiences during the ceremony and also gave a short entertaining cultural programme. They were effusive in their praise of 62 Rashtriya Rifles (DOGRA) and the supporting staff from the unit which accompanied the entourage for making the tour a very comfortable one.

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