Sunday, 4 March 2012


KUPWARA: An interactive meeting for the Sarpanches of Kandi, Nagri and Magam areas with Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara was organized by 47 Rashtriya Rifles under the aegis of 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and Kilo Force at Magam on 04 March 2012. The aim of the interaction between Sarpanches with Mr. Shafi Rather, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara was to address the genuine concerns of the developmental and administrative issues faced by the local population. 
The interaction was chaired by the Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles. A total of 35 Sarpanches attended the meeting. While addressing the Sarpanches, the Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles urged them to share their genuine grievances and bring out issues of relevance with the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara in order to derive maximum benefit from the interaction.
The Deputy Commissioner patiently heard the Sarpanches and assured them full cooperation in resolving all the issues raised by them. During the interaction with Sarpanches the Deputy Commissioner and the Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles met representatives of Wuchhar, Jab, Bamdogar, Woghbal which are one of the most remote areas with a large Gujjar population. The Deputy Commissioner promised that all the grievances of the remote area would be addressed and local development will be expedited. The Deputy Commissioner thanked the Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and 47 Rashtriya Rifles for organizing the interaction, which he said was very fruitful as he was able to interact with sarpanches personally.  
The Sarpanches expressed their gratitude to the Army for organizing this meeting and requested for more such meetings to be held frequently. The Commander 8 Sector Rashtriya Rifles thanked the Deputy Commissioner for sparing his time for the interaction, despite his busy routine. Thanking the Sarpanches for attending the meeting, Commanding Officer, 47 Rashtriya Rifles assured all possible help from the Army also.


DODA: On 03 MAR 2012, a  Medical Camp was organized by 8 RASHTRIYA RIFLES (MADRAS)  for the people of the Dhara village of Doda District to provide quality medical diagnosis as well as ‘at the doorstep’ treatment to the locals. 

To achieve the objective of the program the team of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion included four Army Doctors having specialization in various fields along with a specialist lady doctor (gynecologist) and four Nursing Assistants.
Nearly 375 villagers were examined by and large quantity of good quality medicines were distributed at the camp. The beneficiaries largely included elderly people, women and children.8 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion has taken up special drive to provide health care to the villagers of remote localities. 

Under this drive the Battalion is conducting a series of medical camps for the benefit of civilians of the area. The camps are also being conducted even at the upper mountain reaches in summers for Gujjars and Bakarwals.


BANDIPORE: “Bhanware ki gunjan hai mera dil,kab se samhale rakha hai dil” the melodious song of movie Kal Aaj aur Kal played by the Bandipore Rocksatar the musical band at Harmukh College of Education to welcome GOC Chinar Corps, Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain and all the Sarpanches of Bandipore, mystified the whole enviorment and grabbed the attention towards the the group.
Gen Hasnain along with GOC Kilo Force Maj Gen Ravi Thodge, Mrs Manju Thodge, Brig Anil Puri, CdrBandiporeBrigade and the DC, Bandipore were present on the occasion to felicitate the students of Skill Development Programme ‘Authrout’ (helping hands) by confering them with certificate of participation.  The program was being run by Dr Reddy’s Foundation under the ageis of Army and the Civil Administration in Bandipore. The first batch of 27 students  were sent to Delhi for their interviews by Dr Reddy’s Foundation on 19 Feb. General Hasnain flagged off the second batch of 17 students who left Bandipore on Friday for their interviews in Delhi.  
While interacting with the female students, Mrs Thodge motivated them to aspire for more and better opportunities in life. Brig Anil Puri, Commander 81 Mountain Brigade thanked DC Bandipore and SP Bandipore for their active support in making‘Athrout’ a success.  He also informed that the interviews for the second batch of Skill Development were complete and the same would commence from the 10th of this month in which the focus group will be 10th class dropouts and 12th class dropouts. This programme is to be run byIL & FS under the State run intiative called “Himayat”. This is the first time in the state that the Administration and the “Himayat” Team has come together to take the programme to the grassroot level through the “ Youth Employment Guidance Nodes”.
General Hasnain congratulated  the students on completion of the course and at becoming ready for a new phase in life.  Addessing the gathering which included sarpanches of various villages of Bandipore District, he said that the valley is going through a change and the smiling faces of youth and elders is a proof of this positive change.  He also assured that the Army is always ready to provide every possible help which can make the valley more peaceful and prosporeous
DC Bandipore Jenab Manzoor Ahmed Lone emphasised on the importance of skill development training and advised the students that one has to struggle if one has to succeed in life.  He also guided the students on the importance of making a start without being bogged down by the start, big or small. Jenab Usman Majid,Ex MLA Bandipore also thanked the Army for taking up this new initiative for the betterment of youth of Bandipore and involving Civil Administration, the polity and Police department with them for making  it effective and sucessful. 
The sarpanch of Bunakot, Mr Bashir said that it is only thanks to these kind of programmes that the youth will get a new lease of life.