Friday, 20 January 2012


RAJOURI: Maj Gen KH Singh, General Officer Commanding, Ace of Spades division flagged in the “AMAN CARAVAN”, an educational/motivational tour at Rajouri on 20 Jan 12. The journey through the heart of India for 23 students from border areas of Jhallas, Salotri and Ghani comprising of visits to Delhi, Agra, Gwalior and Bhopal was conducted under the aegis of Krishna Ghati brigade and Ace of Spades division.

The journey started from Jhallas on 10 Jan 12 and reached Delhi via Rajauri and Jammu. The students had their first glimpse of the national capital and visited T3 terminal (IGI airport), India gate and then the Cannaught place. Thereafter at Agra they got an insight into the PARA training school followed by a sumptuous lunch at the Gateway Hotel Taj and sight seeing at The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri with the day culminating in light and sound show at Agra fort on the calm banks of the Yamuna.

At Gwalior the children experienced a ride on the Army’s Tanks.  Later they visited the glorious Tansen Mahal, Gujari Mahal and the Archeological Museum. The children also got an opportunity to interact with The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Ram Naresh Yadav, The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan and also with Maj Gen Om Prakash, SM at Bhopal. The team finally departed from Bhopal on a joyous train ride towards Jammu on the 18th of Jan and reached Jammu on the afternoon of 19th.

The General Officer Commanding in his interaction with the students urged and motivated them to draw inspiration from their visit to the other parts of the country never before ventured by them and contribute their bit towards a stronger nation. He also emphasized upon them to share their experience with their families and friends alike. The General in the end gave away gifts to all the students to make their little quest a memorable one.

The success of this tour has resulted in fostering closer relationship between the AWAM and the ARMY. It has also developed an everlasting imprint and a deep sense of belonging to the nation amongst the students of these remote areas.


BAROROH:  Village Bararoh near the Line of Control wore a festive and colorful look with thousands of residents of neighboring villages thronging the camp site on the occasion of a   Medical and Veterinary Camp organized under the aegis of a unit of BAWAN Brigade on 20 Jan 12. A free Medical and Veterinary Camp was organized under OP SADHBHAVNA to meet the long outstanding demand of locals of the area near the Line of Control in Akhnoor region.  

Army medical teams including Dental and Veterinary specialists as well as Eye and Skin specialist and other doctors from civil administration rendered medical care. Medical aid in the form of free medicines, consultations, ante-natal facilities and counseling regarding HIV, family planning etc were also extended. A Mobile Dental chair was established to provide Dental Care and Oral hygiene.

The Medical and Veterinary camp was inaugurated by Maj Gen NPS Hira, General Officer Commanding, Crossed Sword Division. The aim of the camp was to provide medical assistance to the civilian population residing in remote areas along the Line of Control and also bring to their door step the veterinary support for their cattle. The endeavor to identify disabled persons and cater for their well being by providing wheel chairs, hearing aids and spectacles received appreciation from all quarters. The transportation of the patients from far flung areas was also catered for by the Army.

The camp received an overwhelming response from the local population including women and children who visited the camp in strength till evening. People expressed their appreciation for the initiative taken by the Crossed Swords Division. 


SRINAGAR: Heavy snowfall in the valley adversely affected the daily routine of natives. Apart from extremely harsh climatic conditions with sustained subzero temp heavy snow fall added to the misery and people were not coming out of their houses.

For positive engagement of the civil population, 14 Rashtriya Rifles decided to draw the population out of their houses by organising snowman / snowculpture competition for them. The Jury comprised of Sarpanch, Punch and village elders along with officers of the Army Camp. The competition received warm response from the villagers as they came out in large numbers. 

Prizes were distributed by the team of Jury, which were provided to them by 14 Rashtriya Rifles.  The occasion also provided opportunity for interaction with such a large group & provide them with information about prevention of cold injuries. 

Mobile medical team went to villages amidst snowfall & educated the people about preventive measures to be undertaken to avoid life threatening emergencies like status asthmatics and limb threatening disease like Chill blane, trench foot and frostbite.  The people enjoyed making snow sculpture and applauded Army’s humanitarian efforts.