Monday, 5 March 2012


BANIHAL: An education cum motivational tour of children from Baniha and adjoining areas was flagged-in today at Chandrakot by Commander Sector Rashtriya Rifles.  

The party comprised of 23 children and two teachers from remote villages of Banihal.  The 10 days trip reom 25Feb to 05Mar included visit to Ajmer, Mt Abu and Udaipur.  At each of these locations the students were taken to see the rich cultural and historical heritage of Rajasthan.  The excursion organised by the Rashtriya 

Rifles based at Banihal is yet another effort by Army to inspire the local populace to join the national main stream and contribute towards peace and prosperity in the region.
During the impressive flag in ceremony at Chandrakot, while interacting with the teachers and children the Commander expressed hope that the excursion had left a memorable imprint on the minds of the children.  

He also hoped that the excursion had provided them an ideal opportunity to witness the infrastructural development and the secular social fabric of our country.  Children and teachers were enthused following  the trip and appreciated the role played by the Rashtriya Rifles in motivating the children by organising such a trip. 


SRINAGAR: ‘AWAM AUR JAWAN AMAN HAI MUQAM’-In an effort to strike a common chord with the local population, 21 Rashtriya Rifles (GUARDS), under the aegis of  Headquarters 7 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, conducted a free Medical camp at  Vill Bunawadar, in the Rajwar region of Handwara Tehsil, on  01 Mar 2012.  
The camp was organised with an aim to provide basic health care facilities and free medicines to the people, residing in this remote region which is now fully cladded with snow. Situated deep in the hinterlands of Rajwar, the populace living in the areas around Bunawadar, do not have an easy access to basic medical care and this camp went a long way in providing medical aid to the people.  
The camp was inaugurated by Commanding Officer, 21 Rashtriya Rifles (GUARDS) and the event was also witnessed by officials of the Civil Hospital Administration.  The camp was a combined effort of the Army and Civil Medical Authorities, in which Medical Officers of 7 sector Rashtriya Rifles units in conjunction with the Medical Staff of the Zachaldor Hospital, provided the much needed Medical Assistance to the locals of the region. A total of appx 400 people were given treatment/advice by the doctors. It is pertinent to mention that efforts like this will go a long way in achieving the ultimate aim of good health and prosperity in the area.


BARAMULLA: In furtherance of “AWAM and JAWAN” philosophy, troops of Dagger Division organised a blood donation Camp at District Hospital Baramulla on 01 Mar 2012.  The blood donation started at 1100hours and continued till 1430hours.  

A total of 34 Army Jawans donated their blood which would be used for the patients in need at District Hospital Baramulla.  This action of tps speaks volumes about their commitment to the local population as their own Army.


BARAMULLA: An Educational cum Motivational Tour was organised for  25 students and two Teachers of Baramulla from Baramulla to Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Dehradun and back  from 20 Feb to 05 Mar 2012 to enable them to bask in the glory of rich cultural legacy of our nation and its rapid strides towards modernization by Gunners of Dagger Artillery Brigade. 

The students felt it as a lifetime opportunity to visit various historical and religious places like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Rock garden, Humayun Tomb, Sukna Lake and Forest Research Institute.  The visit to Indian Military Academy (IMA) and 11 GRRC motivated the students to join the Army.  
Interactions with Senior Army Officials were unforgettable incidents for each and every members of the tour.  These interactions paved a way for the students to broaden their perspective and the outlook towards the Army.  The students were enthralled to listen to the experiences and the anecdotes shared by the officers.
After the successful completion of tour, the Students and teachers were received and felicitated by GOC, Dagger Division in a grand reception organised at Dagger Artillery Brigade Complex Baramulla on 05 Mar 2012.
While addressing the press, the GOC said that such tour would help in fostering brotherhood and creating awareness of our nations multi faced identity and added that after interacting with Students and Teachers of the tour, that such an opportunity comes only once in a life time and benefits should be derived by max number of people from Kashmir .
This tour will certainly go a long way in strengthening the ideas of integrity, cohesiveness and awareness among the people of this region, by giving them a glimpse of the prosperity and cultural heritage of our nation whenever they turn the leaflets of the album presented to them by GOC, Dagger Division in the memory of the tour.


SRINAGAR: The first page of Greater Kashmir of 3rd March had two interesting news items on the top half of the page. While one article was about the presence of 6 lakh jobless youth in J&K, the other was about the Skill Development Programme, ‘ATHROUT’ (Helping Hands) at Bandipora where General Syed Ata Hasnain was present for interacting with the youth. 

We are all aware of the limited availability of Government jobs in Kashmir, the unusually large number of Government employees, resulting in heavy salary burden on the exchequer which ultimately leads to lack of funds for development work.  The State is compelled to look back every time towards the Centre for funds.  

Lack of private sector opportunities has also aggravated the unemployment situation.  Moreover the ground situation in Kashmir has also changed for the better.  While the state of uncertainty and turmoil appears to be a thing of the past, more and more youth are now looking for better opportunities and are ready to skill equip themselves to exploit the avenues available for employment outside the valley.
With this in view, the most appropriate solution appears to lie in the model of integrated participation of the Army, Civil Administration and private participation as demonstrated during the conduct Skill Development Programme ‘ATHROUT’ at Bandipora.  The integration of all agencies has resulted in a unique synergy, which has ensured smooth conduct and participative feeling amongst all stakeholders.  This example needs to be emulated and proliferation of such programmes throughout J&K is the need of the hour.  Then only can we tackle the high unemployment rate prevalent in the State.