Tuesday, 24 January 2012


TALWARA:  A Blood donation camp was organized by a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion  at Talwara on  24 January 2012.  
The camp was inaugurated by Mrs Sheetal Nanda, District Collector of Reasi.  Approx 250 units blood was donated by jawans during the camp to Red Cross, Jammu.  
This was first ever event of such kind held in the remote and in accessible Reasi district of J & K and was highly appreciated by the administration and the people alike.

True to its word, the Army has once again shown its humane face and proven its adage of ‘Awaam Ke Saath’. 
The people of the area highly appreciated the role of Army in organizing the blood donation camp and were also expressed their eagerness to donate blood.  The camp drew an unprecedented and overwhelming response and enthusiasm.


DODA: Nine Sector Rashtriya Rifles is deployed in Doda and Kishtwar Districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The area is remote and backward having limited connectivity with other parts  of the state.

Remoteness is further compounded by the fact that the area has treacherous and rugged mountainous terrain which further limits mobility.  Furthermore, the area was heavily  terrorism infested and was once a breeding ground for major tanzeems operating in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

All these factors coupled together have had an adverse effect in the development of basic public amenities and infrastructure including education, basic heathcare, administration and roads in the area.   Deployment of Rashtrya Rifles saw a marked improvement in the area as it not only successfully curbed terrorism in the area but also was able to assist the civil administration in development of the area through conduct of various OP SADHBHAVANA  projects and activities.  

Educating and moulding the younger generation to wean them away from militancy has been one of the areas in which a lot has been done by the Army.  Projects like construction of school buildings, addition of rooms in existing schools, provision of furniture, books, computers and study materials, etc have been undertaken by the army regularly.  Keeping the same ethos in mind Army has been planning many educational and motivational tours for the children of this state.  

These tours aim at opening up the mental horizons of these children by making them see the rich culture and tradition, development, peace and harmony existing in other parts of the country, thus inculcating a sense of belonging and national integration amongst the children of this area.  It is indeed a lifetime opportunity provided by Army for the children of remote areas thus bringing about psychological impact to join the mainstream of the Nation.

Keeping the same spirit in mind an education cum motivational tour to Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Nagpur is being conducted for 23 students of remote and far flung villages of districts Doda and Kishtwar alongwith two teacher from 24 Jan 2012 to 05 Feb 2012.  The visit would go a long way in moulding these young and innocent minds towards aligning their outlook with the national mainstream.


SOPORE: Continuing with its resolve to help the local Awam in their hour of need, army distributed blankets to people of Gundbarat village, Sopore to help them sustain the biting cold weather.  
22 Rashtriya Rifles (PUNJAB) while interacting with people, received a request for warm clothing and blankets. Eight families who had congregated at the Madrassa in Gundbarat were distributed blankets in presence of the village elders and the Sarpanch. 
People have appreciated this goodwill gesture of the army. They remembered similar aids been provided by the unit in the past and hoped that army will continue with its goodwill in future as well. 
This small gesture will go a long way in bridging the gap and strengthening the bond between ‘Awam and Jawan’.   


GANDERBAL: In consonance with the commitment made by Lieutenant Geneneral SA Hasnain, GOC 15 Corps during the conduct of Kashmir Premier League (KPL) Chinar Cup-2011, the three promising players selected under the guidance of Mr Bishan Singh Bedi (Former Indian Cricketer) are being dispatched for specialisation training at National Level Cricket Academies.  
Mr Nasir Lone of Bandipur, Mr Ubaid Amin and Mr Danish Muzzafar of Ganderbal are the three budding cricketers who have been selected to attend professional training at MRF Pace Academy at Chennai from 27 Jan 12 to 06 Feb 12. Subsequently, the players would also be trained at Madan Lal Cricket Academy at Delhi from 10 Feb 12 to 30 Apr 12.
It is for certain that the players will benefit immensely from the training imparted at these institutions of national repute and would further fine tune their cricketing skills thereby making them perform even better in the future.


SRINAGAR: The situation in Valley remained bad due to constant snowfall, disturbing the normal routine of the Awam and posing difficulties.  The Army continued to provide humanitarian assistance to the Awam inspite of all odds braving the inclement weather.  

Seeing the circumstances and prevailing conditions, a requirement emerged to help the needy villagers especially to meet basic facilities like medical assistance, provision of water and emergency electricity power at Hospitals/PHC.  General Officer Commanding Victor Force ensured, the Army acted swiftly and reached out to the locals to provide all possible assistance.  

In this period of heavy snow, the Army conducted plethora of activities to assist the Awam by way of providing medical assistance, supply of electricity by generators especially for charging of mobile phones and functioning of PHCs, clearance of roads and tracks wherever required, distribution of emergency rations to the needy, distribution of water, provision of warm clothing, cooked food and recovery of large number of stranded vehicles due to the snow.  

This was possible by sending out Army troops in the form of 610 patrols including Medical Officers reaching a large number of villages in the entire Victor Force Area of Responsibility.  The Awam welcomed the soldiers and highly appreciated the actions of the Army, which provided them with basic necessities at this critical period.  General Officer Commanding Victor Force reiterated that the Jawan will always stand by the Awam in the time of need.