Monday, 12 March 2012


SRINAGAR: Our Army is known for their humanitarian efforts under the umbrella of nation building projects which fulfills the needs and desires of the common people, thereby uplifting the lives of people where ever they are deployed, especially in rural areas.  Keeping in with the ethos and tradition, an Excavator training for youths of Budgam District of Kashmir was conducted by Engineer Regiment under the aegis of Kilo Force and guidance of Chinar Corps. The noble aim of this training was to empower the youths to earn their own livelihood, keeping in view the vast infrastructure opportunity in the Kashmir Valley.

The training was conducted for a duration of four weeks from 6th February 2012 to 7th March 2012.  21 Youths of Ichhgam and Narkara villages of Budgam District were trained in Excavator handling and operations.  The training was also supported by TELCON Construction Machinery Company which is a TATA Group Venture and major producer of construction machineries including Excavators.  The training was appreciated by DC Budgam and the Numberdar’s of villages of Budgam District.  The youths were awarded the certificate of training by Army and TELCON Construction Machinery Company.

Chief Engineer, Chinar Corps in the concluding ceremony held at Budgam said that Army will provide all possible assistance to these trained youths for their employment.  Speaking on the occasion one of the elated local youth of the District named Kifayet Hussain expressed his gratitude saying that “This was a very unique and fruitful training conducted by the Chinar Corps which has empowered us for future in earning our own livelihood and will bring up the standard of living of entire community”.  It was evident from the enthusiasm and interest of these youths of the valley that this training holds a great value in their career building.  These projects by Army have been succor to the disturbed and rural region of the valley, a testament to which was the enthusiasm and confidence of these youths who want to shine bright in valley’s promising future.


BARAMULLA: Under the aegis of Dagger Artillery Brigade, a Medical cum Veterinary Camp was organised for all people as well as animals of Fatehgarh and adjoining villagers on 11 Mar 2012 to establish goodwill of the Indian Army and to foster bonhomie with the local populace.  

The camp facilities were made available to the populace from 0900 AM to 0400 PM.  The camp was a huge success as its facilities were utilised by large sections of the populace and it provided an opportunity to the people from far flung areas to get the requisite medical treatment.  

Major General (Retd) RS Mehta and General Officer Commanding Dagger Division were also present at medical camp.  Maj General (Retd) RS Mehta presented Blankets to the poor, needy and sweets to the children.  Free medicines were distributed to all patients during the camp and refreshments of tea and snacks were also provided. A drawing competition was also organised for the children and the winners were given gifts and sweets.


KULHGAM: An interactive meeting for the Sarpanches of North Lolab Valley with Brig Ashok Abbey, AVSM, Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles was organized by 18 Rashtriya Rifles under aegis of 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and Kilo Force at Kuligam on 11 Mar 2012. 
The aim of the interaction with Sarpanches of North Lolab was to bring to fore and address their genuine concerns and local development issues, one to one with the senior officers of the District and Police Administration. Mr Zahoor Wani, Deputy Superintendant of Police, Sogam and Mr Haji Farooq, Block Member of Congress, Khurhama attended the interaction.
The interaction was chaired by Brigadier Ashok Abbey, AVSM, Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles. A total of 95 Sarpanches and ward members of North Lolab Valley attended the meeting. While addressing the Sarpanches of Lolab Valley, Brigadier Abbey implored them to share their genuine grievances and concerns.  Brigadier Abbey promised that all the grievances of the remote areas would be addressed and local development will be expedited. He also expressed his wholehearted wish for Lolab to prosper as a tourist place. 
The Sarpanches expressed their gratitude to the Army for organizing this meeting and requested for more such meetings to be held frequently. Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles thanked all present for sparing their time for the interaction. Thanking the Sarpanches for attending the meeting, 18 Rashtriya Rifles assured all possible help from the Army.  The success of this interaction increases its bonhomie with Awam and adds another page in the epic of Army’s goodwill activities strengthening the motto of ‘Awam aur Jawan, Aman hai Muqam’.