Thursday, 2 February 2012


BHADERWAH: Amongst the large number of initiatives being taken to assist the AWAM, the 4 Rashtriya Rifles once again came to the fore and carried out repairs to the Snow Cutting Machine held with Public Works Department at Bhadarwah. 
The incessant and unexpected snowfall during the season adversely affected the road communications which are the life-line of the people.  The snow cutting machine is an essential commodity which helps clearing snow from the roads and restoring traffic movement.

On receiving a request from the Public Works Department, a team of vehicle mechanics immediately addressed the problem and repaired the machine.  Mr Ajit Kumar, JE of Public works Department thanked the Army for the assistance and remarked, “The mechanics for repairing the machine are not available in Bhadarwah and he is grateful to the Army to have provided assistance in such demanding circumstances”.


BARAMULLA: The Dagger Artillery Brigade Commander, flagged off an Educational cum Motivational Tour being conducted by 46 Rashtriya Rifles for 25 students of St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Baramula on 01 Feb 12 to North India (Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi and Agra).  The tour intends to enable these students to bask in the glory of rich cultural heritage of our Nation and to expose the young generation to the true benefits of peace and development, integrating them into the Nation’s main stream. 
The tour will provide an opportunity to these young boys to appreciate the harmonious co-existence amongst the people from different religions in various parts of India.  It will also help them see for themselves, the ongoing developmental activities in other states and the manner in which peace has helped different regions of India to develop and prosper.
The tour has a comprehensive aim of fostering brotherhood, feeling of unity and creating awareness of our nation’s multi faceted identity.  This tour will certainly go a long way in strengthening the ideals of integrity, cohesiveness and awareness amongst the youth of this region, by giving them a glimpse of the prosperity and cultural heritage of our Nation. 
The principal, teachers and the parents of these children were highly grateful to the Army for providing their wards with such an exposure and opportunity.


SRINAGAR:  Pir Panjal Brigade of Dagger Division flagged-off a local recreational tour to Srinagar and Gulmarg from 30-31Jan 2012 for 20 school-boys belonging to border villages of Boniyar Tehsil.  The tour is aimed at giving opportunity to under-privileged children belonging to remote border villages to witness the beautiful heritage of Kashmir, widening their horizons and giving them encouragement for personal growth.

During the conduct of the tour, the students visited famous locations like Pari Mahal, Chashma-Shahi, Mughal Garden, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Dal Lake at Srinagar.  The tour visited Ibaadat-e-Shahadat museum at Srinagar and were impressed with the rich cultural history of Kashmir.  The tour also visited Gulmarg and enjoyed the experience of Gondola ride and skiing. The tour was flagged-in at Boniyar on 01 Feb 2012.


Smiling faces of the little ones,
Paled the brightness of the early sun,
Sadhbavana tour they say, is one such option,
To see some places of our country portion,
Jaipur, Agra and Ajmer need no mention,
These are the places they will see as a combination
With army as their true companion
Ambassadors of peace they will become for everyone

BANDIPORA: These were the lines echoed by a student named Master Bashir  Mir at the time of boarding the bus going for the educational cum motivational tour organised by 13RR (KUMAON), for the school children of Ganderbal and Bandipora  district.  This tour was flagged off by Commanding Officer, 13 RR(KUMAON) Col Manish Chaturvedi,SM  at Manasbal on 02 Feb 2012. The tour is being organised under Operation Sadhbhavana wherein a total of 30 children and two teachers are participating.  The tour, starting from Manasbal  will visit Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer. 

During the tour, the children will visit world famous Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jamiya Masjid, City Palace and Jantar Mantar. Col Manish Chaturvedi,SM Commanding Officer of 13RR (KUMAON) interacted with the students to motivate and inspire them before their departure for the tour. Speaking on the occasion, the Teacher accompanying the Tour said “the tour will be very educative for the participating children of this area and will give them an opportunity to see the progress the nation has made in the field of technology and education, besides giving them an exposure to the cultural diversity in other parts of the country”. Master Faizan Tariq Safi  a student of the Angels Care Public School, Safapora remarked “we have heard of Taj Mahal, City Palace and Birla Planetarium  but this will be a dream come true for us once we actually visit these places during the tour”.
The Indian Army has been undertaking such education cum motivational tours for school going children of the State under Operation Sadhbhavana with an aim of spreading the message of peace and patriotism amongst the students of the State besides exposing them to evelopment in the country.  The tour will leave an indelible impression in the young minds and give them lifelong memories to cherish.


JAMMU: A medical camp was held at village Sungri.  Free medicines to over 300 civilians were provided. People of this area have to travel long distances on foot to receive basic medical aid.  Army had also arranged for a lady doctor specifically to attend to the medical needs of female patients.        

Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) has been in forefront in conducting programs aimed at constructive engagement of local populace for which people to people contact activities are being undertaken under Op Sadbhavana.    
During the camp, the battalion provided much needed specialized medical cover especially to children and elderly people residing in the far flung areas. The medical team comprised of three doctors from the Army and Nursing Assistants. A lecture on importance of hygiene and sanitation was also delivered during the medical camp wherein various patients had turned up for medical checkup from the nearby villagers. 

Mohd Shabdur an elder from Sungri village said that he was grateful to the Army for providing free medical aid at this remote place where no Government medical facility exists.