Monday, 20 February 2012


 RAJOURI: Ace of Spades Division organized Pulse Polio Immunization from 19-21 Feb 12 at various remote and far-flung areas in Rajouri & Punch Sector for all children of locals of these places as well as soldiers. Children of soldiers were also administered the drops.The aim of the campaign was to provide hundred percent coverage to all children which will go a long way to achieve the goal of Polio eradication from the country.
454 children of upto 5 years were given Polio drops. Adequate publicity contributed to the heavy attendance. The event was a great success despite cold and uncongenial weather conditions. The effort was appreciated by civilians residing in inaccessible and difficult areas in this sector.


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.


RAJOURI: In a bid to encourage sports and to spread goodwill amongst the youth Rajauri Volleyball Championship under Operation Sadbhavna project has been organized from 20 Feb 12 to 22 Feb 12 at Govt Degree College, by the Ace of Spades Artillery Brigade. There are total eight civil teams/clubs participating in the tournament including Govt Degree College team, Baba Gulham Shah Badshah University team, Rajauri Club, Thanamandi club, Hamirpur Fighters, Saaj club, Palma club, and Dharal club. 
Under “OP SADBHAVNA”, Army has been doing several projects such as infrastructure development projects, conducting educational tours, sponsoring students education and organising medical camp.  A Volleyball Championship is yet another endeavour by the Ace of Spades Artillery Brigade to organize a sports event for the youth of Rajauri district.

The tournament is being conducted by Shatrunash Regiment of Ace of Spades Artillery Brigade. The matches will be played on ‘Knock Out’ basis amongst the participating eight teams.


 UDHAMPUR: To the race towards the final match of  JPL Tawi CUP- 2012, the second semi final  was contested between Young Blood  Cricket Club (YBCC) and Habshi Cricket Club (HCC) on 19th Feb 2012 at Subhash Stadium, Udhampur . YBCC won the match by  12 runs and has qualified for the final match of the league. Rakesh of  YBCC was declared as the “man of the match” for taking 40 runs in 32 balls and claiming 3 wickets for 21runs.

Score and highlights of the second semi Final match of the tournament as on 20 Feb 12 were:- Second Semi Final match on 19/02/12:    Young Blood Cricket Club (YBCC) – 138 runs for 3 wickets (Arun – 47 runs, Rakesh – 40 runs, Rishaf 1 wickets for 18 runs) Vs Habshi Cricket Club (HCC) 127 runs ( Rohit Jamwal - 52 runs, Prashant – 36 runs, Rakesh - 3 wickets for 21 runs)  “Man of the match” – Rakesh (YBCC)


RAJOURI: An educational/motivational tour for twenty three local youth and two teachers was flagged -in by the Commander 13 Seect RR on 19 Feb 12.  The tour was conducted by one of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under the aegis of Romeo Force as part of Operation Sadbhavana to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer. The tour spanning over ten days was started on 09 Feb 12.  The local youth belonging to Thanamandi, Manjakote, Gamir Mughlan, Dehri Ralyot and Sanjiot areas of Rajouri / Poonch districts of J&K  were part of this historic tour.

In Delhi the youth visited Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Saket City Walk Mall and also got a chance to board the Delhi Metro, about which these local youth had only read in the books. According to Mukthar Ahmed resident of a remote village in Rajouri district “It was a fabulous experience to see all these historical places, I also enjoyed the metro ride which I had boarded for the first time”.  All the youth were on their maiden tour outside the J&K state.  
In Agra the tour members visited Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.  Later the tour proceeded to Jaipur where  the youth got a chance to see Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Museum and also saw a movie in a multiplex.  Jabar Khan a resident of a remote village in Poonch district said “ It is for first time that I have seen a movie in a cinema hall like Raj Mandir and I would always cherish the experience”.  From Jaipur the group proceeded to Ajmer to pay their obeisance’s at Dargah Sharif. Thereafter the group proceeded to Delhi, where they visited the Rashtrapati Bhawan and also interacted with Mr Farooq Abdullah, Union Cabinet Minister for new and Renewable Energy on 17 Feb 12.

The successful completion of this tour has resulted in fostering closer relationship between the locals and the Army.  It has also developed a deep sense of belonging to the national mainstream amongst these children of remote areas.  The enthusiasm and glow on the face of all children clearly showed that they thoroughly enjoyed and learned from this unique experience.  The parents of youth expressed their gratitude to the Army for providing this lifetime opportunity to their children.