SRINAGAR: As part of The Indian Army’s continuing endeavour to reach out to the populace, 47 Rashtriya Rifles and 152 Infantry Battalion (TA) SIKH under the aegis of Headquarter 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, organized a dress distribution for poor, backward children of village Gujjarpatti & Keegam, District - Kupwara on 18 Feb 2012.
100 children were distributed sweaters by the Army. The welfare activities undertaken by the Army have indeed helped in bringing the ‘Awam’ even closer. The villagers were very appreciative of the efforts of the Battalion. The village elders were profusely thankful and wanted such welfare activities to be held at regular intervals. Surely the step will go a long way in fostering bonds of mutual respect and brotherhood between the Army and the local population.
Meanwhile HELPING DISABLED GET BACK ON THEIR FEET Prevailing sociopolitical disturbances in Kashmir valley for last 20 years has played a major role in increasing the number of computes to a staggering figure. Lack of immunisation facilities for Polio in the past and mutilating cold injuries have also contributed to physical challenges amongst the natives.
With the aim of alienating the physical dependence and associated psycluatric of physically challenged individuals, joint efforts were made by RMO, 14 Rashtriya Rifles (GARH RIF) and Bhagwan Mahavir Viglang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) of Rajasthan to provide needy individuals with artificial limb supports. Individuals in batches of four were escorted to regional office of BMVSS in Srinagar over a period of 15 days.
There disabilities were assessed by the experts and suitable limb supports satisfying orthopedic criteria’s were provided free of cost to the poor and needy. The transportation and refreshment of individuals were taken care of by the Battalion. A total of 13 individuals were provided with limb supports which included 7 artificial limbs, 5 crutches and one polio caliper. The quality of limbs is such that a person can walk comfortably, ride a bicycle, run, jump, dance and even climb a tree. The social philosophy of BMVSS is to provide free supports to poor and initiative of Army in this regard was highly appreciated. All the parents expressed true happiness, gratitude and satisfaction and praised Army for helping disabled get back on their feet and revolutionizing their lives.