Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Pir Panjal Brigade organize Awami Sunwai program at Nambla

  • GoC Dagger Division meets people to heed their voice
Reyaz Ahmed
URI: In order to reach out to people in frontier villages of Uri General Officer Commanding (GoC) Dagger Division Major General Bipin Rawat, addressed huge  public gathering in an interaction program organized by  Rustam Battalion of Pir Panjal Brigade at Nambla on Wednesday.

A large number of people which include Sarpanches, Numberdars, Police and other administrative officials participated in the interaction program aimed at to heed public problems and grievances at Nambla Uri.

The General also inaugurated a new bus stand in Bandi Market for the convenience of the local populace. While speaking on the occasion, Maj Gen Rawat thanked the people of Uri tehsil of Pir Panjal Brigade for taking part in the function and applauded them for their continued co-operation. 

He also distributed gifts to village Numberdars and needy people present at the event. It could be clearly perceived during the informal interaction with the gathering that the local populace has hugely benefited from the ongoing Sadhbhavana activities bringing the AWAM closer to the national mainstream.


URI: The Army has been sending groups of school children from remote, terrorism affected areas of Kashmir region who have not even seen Srinagar to various cities to witness the secularism of the nation. The idea is that once they come back from these Educational/Motivational tour with sense of pride and act as ambassadors of the national integration.
Continuing its efforts towards providing quality education and learning opportunity to the children of Kashmir, “Kalapahar Brigade” under the aegis of “DAGGER DIVISION” has arranged, an educational and motivational tour for 30 students of different School of Uri Sector to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer wef 01 Feb 2012 to 17 Feb 2012.    Apart from visiting famous and important places in these cities the children will also be interacting with various dignitaries.
Addressing the children before flagging off the tour from Uri on 01 Feb 2012, Commander Kalapahar Brigade asked the enthusiastic children to witness the state of development outside the valley which is only possible in an environment of peace and tranquility.    
The children were dressed up in smart track suits, Caps, Sports shoes and carry bags which were also provided by the Army.  They were seen off in the presence of Civ dignitaries, all village Sarpanches and Commanding Officer 15 PUNJAB (PATIALA) from Uri.   The tour is being conducted by 15 PUNJAB (PATIALA).


LOLAB: A meeting for the Sarpanches of Lolab Valley and Kandi areas with Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara was organized by 28 Rashtriya Rifles at Gujjarpatti, Sogam on 31 Jan 2012. The aim of the interaction between Sarpanches of Lolab Valley and Kandi with Mr. Shafi Rather, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara was to bring to fore and address genuine concerns and local development issues of the area, one to one with the senior most officer of the District Administration. 
The interaction was chaired by Brigadier Ashok Abbey, Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles. A total of 73 Sarpanches of Lolab Valley and Kandi attended the meeting. While addressing the Sarpanches of Lolab Valley and Kandi, Brigadier Abbey implored them to share their genuine grievances and concerns with Mr. Shafi Rather in order to derive maximum benefit from the interaction.
Mr. Shafi Rather patiently heard the Sarpanches and addressed all the issues raised by them.  He further directed his staff to reach out to the local bodies and help them in resolving their grievances. Deputy Commissioner thanked Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and 28 Rashtriya Rifles for organizing the interaction, which he said was very fruitful as it helped him gauge their problems, first hand. 

The Sarpanches expressed their gratitude to the Army for organizing this meeting and requested for more such meetings to be held frequently.  Thanking the Sarpanches for attending the meeting, Commanding Officer, 28 Rashtriya Rifles assured all possible help from the Army.


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.


BANDIPORA: 13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) today organised an Intra District Volleyball Tournament at Army Goodwill School, Hajan for the villages of Bandipora and Ganderbal. Youths from around 18 villages participated in the overall tournament. 
The tournament was conducted for five days commencing from 27 Jan 2012 onwards. The final match was played on 31 Jan 2012 between village Hajan and village Safapura. In a very electrifying and thrilling match, players of village Safapura befittingly won the tournament. “It was a nail biting match till the last” said one of the spectator while another said “throughout it was an edge of the seat experience”. 
The tournament was aimed at developing a competitive spirit amongst the local youths and also to provide them a platform to showcase their talent. The matches were witnessed with keen interest by one and all and generated bonhomie amongst the villagers and troops stationed nearby. The event drew tremendous participation and enthusiasm from the locals. 
Commanding Officer of 13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) Colonel Manish Chaturvedi, SM gave away the prizes to the winner and runners up of the tournament. All the participating players were also given certificates and consolation prizes. Commanding Officer during the function while addressing the media stated that as part of Phase one, intra District Tournament was conducted, in Phase two inter district tournament will be conducted by 13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) in which teams from Anantnag, Badgam, Shupian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal will be participating. 
Apart from senior Army officials ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Khajur Mohd Dar,Sarpanch,Hazi Noor Mohd Wani and Abdul Rashid Kobli  and other prominent personalities of the participating villages attended the tournament. Mohd Farooq, one of the player of winning team remarked “13 Rashtriya Rifles (KUMAON) is doing a good service for the area by conducting such sports, with this exposure we too now can dream of participating in the district level matches”.


PALLANWALA: Under the Army “Youth Employment Guidance Node” the novel idea of establishing an Employment Node was conceived and established at Govt Higher Secondary School Pallanwala.  The aim was to give the students an opportunity to home on to jobs for which they are qualified and also give them guidance regarding the opportunities available in today’s competitive world.

With the establishment of this node, the students of this remote area will be able to download forms of various institutes as well as of those vacancies for jobs for which they are qualified.  They are also being provided guidance and counseling.

This is a major contribution by the Army towards bridging the gap between the students of Pallanwala and the outside world.  The students as well as the staff have expressed their gratitude towards army for providing this avenue to the students.


BHADARWAH: In a life saving act, an Army jawan of 4 Rashtriya Rifles located at Bhadarwah volunteered to donate blood on the request of Mr Arif Hussain of village Udrana, Bhadarwah.  Mrs Rifat Ara, wife of Mr Arif Hussain was battling with his life at District Hospital Doda and was required to be immediately operated as per the Doctors at the Hospital.  
When Mr Arif Hussain found that help was not forthcoming from anyother corners, he approached the Army Camp at Bhadarwah.  On hearing the request Havildar Santosh Kumar stepped forward and agreed to donate blood.  The jawan alongwith Mr Arif Hussain were immediately moved in Army Ambulance to District Hospital Doda where the the donation was carried out. 


KISHTWAR: In a novel endeavour, a Rashtriya Rifle Battalion under aegis of Counter Insurgency Force Delta today flagged off a group of 25 Senior citizens from Kishtwar District at a function held at Kishtwar Helipad.  The tour is aimed at giving senior citizens an opportunity to witness the many facets of the country.  The tour would be going to Belgaum, Goa, Cochin and Delhi. 

Army has worked out a detailed itinerary for them to ensure that they are able to make the best of the opportunity.  The group would be visiting the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre and the Commando Training Institution at Belgaum.  In Goa the senior citizens would have the unique opportunity to bask in the golden beaches and enjoy the sun and the sand.  In addition visit to the local Naval establishment has also been planed for the veterans.  The tour also includes visit to Cochin, where India’s largest Naval shipyard is located and the senior citizens would get an opportunity to witness first hand the prowess of the Indian Navy as well. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Commander of the Rashtriya Rifles Sector complimented the senior citizens for their indomitable spirit and also the efforts being put in by the locals to thwart the nefarious designs of the militants in remote areas of Kishtwar. The flagging off ceremony was also attended by Mr Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Honorable MLA Kishtawar, Shri Mohd Hussain Malik, DC Kishtwar, Mr BS Tutti, SSP Kishtwar and many other prominent citizens of this hilly district.  

Shri Abdul Rashid one of the senior citizens and members of the tour thanked all the Army for having afforded him this unique and once in a life time opportunity.  He was eagerly looking forward to visit Goa which he has seen only in television and magazines.  Similar views were also expressed by the other members of the motivational tour.


POONCH: Twenty Five youth hailing from remote and far flung villages around Surankot in Poonch district who were on an educational tour to Mumbai, Belgaum and Pune were flagged in at Kalai near Surankot by Dy Commander Sector Rashtriya Rifles amidst large gathering comprising youths, parents and prominent civil administration officials.  The educational tour aptly called ‘PAIGHAM- E- AMAN was conducted by one of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under aegis of Romeo Force. 

During the fifteen days educational tour, the youth met His Excellency  K Sankaranarayanan, Governor of Maharastra and were left spell bound with the hospitality extended to them by Staff of Raj Bhavan.  Governor interacted with the youth and impressed upon the youth to imbibe good character and work hard for a better future of the society and their families. As part of tour they were taken to Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Nehru Planetarium  and Haji mosque on their first day and thereafter next day they were taken to Essel Word, Naval dockyard, Chhatrapati Shivaji Sangrahalaya, Marine Drive, Juhu Chowpatty and  Fashion Street. 

The tour in its next phase moved to Belgaum where they got opportunity to interact with army commandos and learn some skills from them. They also visited Maratha Regimental Centre Museum and other places of historical importance.  The tour in its final lap went to Pune where they visited National Defence Academy and Information Technology hubs of    WIPRO and INFOSYS and factories of TELCO and BAJAJ.  The youth were also taken to College of Military Engineering and Army Sports Institute to see for themselves the training of officers and cadets at these establishments.

Youth had joy written on their faces as they had got a glimpse of some of the most memorable places in the country which gave them an insight into the all round progress of our nation, cultural diversity and rich heritage. Dy Commander while speaking to youth told them to share their experiences with their counterparts and impressed upon their role in upliftment of their area as they had witnessed during their tour.

Master Ishal Ahmed aged 19 years and resident of Arai village while speaking to media told that he had an experience of a lifetime by visiting these places which he had only dreamt of till now or had seen only in movies and TV. It is a completely different world once we moved out of State, the kind of infrastructure and progress our nation has made in every field.  Master Javed Iqbal aged 18 years and resident of Kalai while speaking to media told that he was completely mesmerized and short of words to express his feeling after having visited all these places. ‘I just wish that our state were also able to match up with their development and now I will whole heartedly work to achieve this aim’. The parents of youth expressed their gratitude to the Army for providing this lifetime opportunity to their children.