Armed Forces
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given approval to increase the age of superannuation of doctors of the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service (IOFHS) to 65 years.
Ordnance Factories Organization is a conglomerate of 41 Ordnance Factories, Training Institutions, Marketing Centers, Safety Directorates and other small Offices. Its medical services consist of 25 Hospitals, 39 Factory Health clinics and 42 Estate Health Clinics. Out of the 25 Hospitals, 9 are Specialist centers. Being industrial establishments' round the clock medical coverage for the workers is a statutory requirement under the provisions of Health, Safety and Welfare of the Factories Act, 1948.
Like other Health cadres in the Government of India, IOFHS is also faced with a perennial shortage of Medical Officers, thereby hampering the effective delivery of healthcare services on a day to day basis and also compromising long term policy towards improving and standardizing the health care system across the organization.
Accordingly the matter was reviewed in its entirety by the Cabinet and considering the shortage of Doctors in the IOFHS and to retain skilled and experienced Doctors of Ordnance Factory Hospitals it has been decided to increase the retirement age of IOFHS Doctors to 65 years.
Mattu JP Singh
Cabinet approves enhancement of age of superannuation of Doctors (other than CHS)to 65 years-IOFHS
Mrs Seema Verma President DWWA, Andaman & Nicobar Command, receiving "Swachhta Hi Sewa Rashtriya Swachh Bharat Puraskar - 2017" award from Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minster of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C).
Defence Wives Welfare Association, Port Blair has been given the National Award for their innovative way of zero waste management system. The award was received by Mrs Seema Verma, President DWWA on October 2, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi at a function to commemorate 3rd anniversary of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' on the conclusion of 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' fortnight. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was the chief guest.
The project was chosen for its innovative way of dealing with garbage. It was started by DWWA in September 16 to not only minimize the waste being disposed off to the municipality, but also to ensure that recyclable waste is disposed properly. DWWA runs segregated waste collection centre at different locations in Haddo, Junglighat, Minnie Bay and Brichgunj. They collect segregated waste from more than 10000 residents and recycle it. More than 3 ton of compost is produced every month, and around 3 ton of empty tetrapack has been sent to mainland for recycling, to be converted into corrugated sheets and furniture.
The waste being given to PBMC has come down to less than one truck per day from around 12 trucks earlier. DWWA intends to conduct waste management workshops for various sections of the society in Port Blair and is ready to offer its facilities and consultancy as part of its social outreach programme.
- Col A Dikshit
Swachhta Hi Sewa National Award to President DWWA
Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, AG, exchanging the MoU with Prof. E Vayunandan, Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University in New Delhi on September 21, 2017.
Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief, Myanmar Navy, visited India from September 18-21, 2017. The visit was to consolidate and enhance bilateral defence relations between India and Myanmar. The Admiral visited various Naval establishments at Mumbai and Kochi and called on the Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff. The Admiral also held discussions with various dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence at New Delhi.
Naval cooperation between India and Myanmar has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through training, port calls, passage exercises along with capacity building and capability augmentation initiatives. During the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Myanmar in early September 17, three MoUs with respect to maritime cooperation were signed between both countries. The visit of the Admiral also closely follows the recent visit of the Commander in Chief, Myanmar Defence Forces in August 2017 and is reflective of the growing level of cooperation between both Navies.
- Capt DK Sharma
pic: Fulchand Kitadikar
Admiral Tin Aung San, C-in-C, Myanmar Navy Visits India
Empowering the soldiers has always been the endeavour of Indian Army. A MoU was signed by Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, AG, IHQ of MoD (Army) and Prof. E Vayunandan, Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik on September 21, 2017 at New Delhi.
The Bachelor's degree Programme designed for the Army Personnel gives special recognition to the in-service training/Army courses completed and by providing exemption from studying certain courses. Apart from the highly subsidised fees charged, the courses offered for study by the university have been carefully selected on the basis of their relevance and overall usefulness.
The University will award Diploma in Self Empowerment and a Bachelors Degree in Arts or Commerce under Project Yash Vidya enabling them with academic qualifications for better future.
- Col Aman Anand
pic: GD Mehra
Project Yash Vidya empowering the soldiers
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma AOC-in-C Maintenance Command, IAF releasing the Book on Historical Perspective of 9 BRD AF Pune
Shri Narinder Nath Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir inaugurated the Yusmarg Festival at Yusmarg, Budgam on September 24, 2017. The Governor was accompanied by Mrs Usha Vohra. The festival was organised by Balapur based Rashtriya Rifles Sector under the aegis of Chinar Corps. The Governor appreciated efforts taken by the Chinar Corps in organising the event and for providing an opportunity to various sections of the society to participate and benefit from the programs.
Over a thousand people including elders, women, youth and school children attended the event. Drawing competition and other recreational activities gave an excellent exposure to the young minds to build up confidence and prove their mettle as they competed for a large number of exciting prizes. Youth got an opportunity to know more about various job prospects in the Goverment agencies and the Army. Internet and IT awareness programs for students created considerable curiosity amongst the youth. National level cyclist Mansoor Ahmad Gojree and the young achievers of Sqay Martial Art were felicitated on the occassion for their outstanding achievements. Cultural program showcasing the culture of Kashmir was a major attraction during the Mela.
As part of the ongoing Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, volunteers of Bharat Scouts and Guides and students of various schools contributed towards maintaining cleanliness of the beautiful place. More than 400 people got an opportunity to get themselves treated at the medical camp organised by the Army Doctors. Free medicines were also distributed at the camp. Some livestocks were administered basic health care by the Army Veterinary Doctors. Lt Gen JS Sandhu, GOC, Chinar Corps took this opportunity to distribute mobility aids to the specially challenged. He also expressed his happiness at the conduct of such an event in South Kashmir.
- Col Rajesh Kalia
Governor Inaugurates Yusmarg Festival
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force, arrived on two days visit to 9 Base Repair Depot (BRD), Pune on September 20, 2017. It is his first visit to 9 BRD after taking over as AOC- in-C of Maintenance Command on June 1, 2017.
The AOC-in-C was received by Air Commodore AK Arora, Air Officer Commanding, 9 BRD AF. He was introduced to the key personnel of the Depot. Further, he was given a comprehensive brief about the role of 9 BRD and the achievements of the Depot. He visited various Production laboratories, Logistic Support Wing and the state of the art PCB Repair and Diagnostic Lab of BRD.
The Air Marshal interacted with all the Officers, Technicians, Civilians and key personnel of the Depot over a cup of tea where he released the Book on Historical Perspective of 9 BRD, on completion of 50 years of existence. The Air Marshal also inaugurated the newly set up CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Lab for repair, calibration and shelf-life-extension of CBRN equipment of IAF. This is the only Lab of its kind in the IAF.
He appreciated the excellent work done by the Depot personnel under the dynamic leadership of Air Commodore AK Arora, Air Officer Commanding, 9 BRD AF and encouraged all to strive continuously towards excellence and keep driving through cutting edge technology with undying flame of innovation
- Mahesh Iyengar
Air Marshal Hemant Sharma AOC-in-Chief Maintenance Command Visits 9 BRD AF Pune
Chief of the IDS to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee Lt General Satish Dua laying a wreath on the occasion of 17th Raising Day of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', India Gate in New Delhi on October 1, 2017.
Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQ IDS) celebrated its 17th Raising Day. To commemorate the momentous occasion, Chief of the IDS to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Lt General Satish Dua paid homage to the valiant martyrs of the Armed Forces by laying a wreath at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti', India Gate in New Delhi. Senior officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the IDS were present on the occasion. A Tri Services guard was in accompaniment.
Conveying his best wishes on the occasion, Lt General Dua complimented all ranks of the IDS for their commitment and selfless service and exhorted them to maintain the highest standards of professional integrity and excellence in the years to come.
It may be noted that the Government had taken a decision in October 2001 to create the HQ IDS in the aftermath of 'Operation Vijay' (Kargil Operations). The main objective was to promote synergy among the three Services and to integrate these with the Ministry of Defence. The overarching aim of IDS is to achieve 'Victory through Jointness'. The IDS has taken significant strides towards achieving this objective.
- Mattu JP Singh
HQ IDS celebrates 17th Raising Day
Lt Gen MK Unni, DGAFMS and Senior Colonel Commandant addressing the Seminar at Army Hospital ((Research and Referral)), New Delhi.
Two Indian Naval Ships, a submarine and two Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Western Naval Command are presently on deployment to the Western Arabian Sea and southern Indian Ocean.
Indian Naval Ship Mumbai and submarine Shishumar entered Duqm, Oman on September 20, 2017 as part of this deployment to the Western Arabian Sea, after conducting a series of exercises enroute. An Indian naval submarine is visiting a foreign port after a long gap.The Naval units are on a month long deployment with the aim of enhancing surveillance and cooperation with the Arabian Sea rim nations. Another ship, INS Kochi which is also a part of this deployment, is proceeding to the Southern Indian Ocean with a similar aim.
The Western Naval Command, which exercises operational control of the naval units in this theatre, has been actively involved in enhancing three-dimensional surveillance efforts by Indian Naval units for strengthening regional Maritime security cooperation with littoral states.
- Narendrakumar Vispute
Western Naval Command Units on Long Range Deployment
Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi recorded their mutual intent for academic collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel, in a MoU signed on September 28, 2017 between Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army) & Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU). The University agreed to recognise the in-service courses run by the Army. This would facilitate admission of defence personnel in second or third year Graduation/Post Graduation/Doctorate programme through the medium of distance learning. This would enable the soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar recalled the contribution of JMIU towards nation building, respecting the cultural and religious diversity and emphasising the inclusive spirit of our Nation.
- Col Aman Anand
pic: Naresh Kumar
Signing of MoU between Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University
The 190th Raising Day of the Regiment of Artillery, popularly known as 'Gunners Day', was celebrated at Lucknow Cantonment on September 28, 2017. Lt Gen BS Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command, in his special message to the gunner fraternity of Surya Command, extended his felicitations and good wishes to all ranks and their families. He exhorted all gunners to continue to dwell on their rich traditions and dominate the battlefield with overwhelming firepower to meet future battlefield challenges and take the Regiment to greater heights of valour and glory.
In true traditions of the Indian Army, a solemn wreath laying ceremony was held at the Central Command War Memorial 'SMRITIKA' which was attended by all serving gunners and senior veterans. Maj Gen RK Singh, MG-IC-Adm Central Command, paid homage and tributes to all gunner martyrs by laying a wreath. This was followed by felicitation of Veer Naris and cup of tea for all.
Gargi Malik Sinha
Gunners Day celebrations
The Director General Armed Forces Medical Services and Headquarters IDS (Medical) in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India organized a path breaking Seminar on "Implementation of Ayush in the Armed Forces Medical Services: Opportunities and Challenges" on September 26, 2017 at Army Hospital (Research and Referral), New Delhi.
The benefits of the Indian indigenous systems of Medicine and Yoga are well recognized nationally and globally. The Government of India has taken major initiatives to promote the practice of AYUSH in the country. Lt Gen MK Unni, the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services said mainstreaming of the Indian System of Medicine has been one of the key stated objectives of policy makers in the Government for several years. The integration of AYUSH in the Armed Forces is challenging due to the unique environmental and operational conditions.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research said well-coordinated research and clinical trials to establish the efficacy, safety and replicability of the AYUSH medicines will go a long way in promoting mutual trust and respect between the practitioners of the two systems.
Lt Gen CS Narayanan, DCIDS (Medical), the organizing Chairman of the seminar highlighted the fact that clear-cut policies on cross referral and cross practice and accountability mechanisms must be put in place before integrating the modern and traditional systems of Medicine.
Senior faculty from institutes of excellence across the country, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences participated in the deliberations which put the various issues related to the topic in perspective and charted the way forward.
Col Aman Anand
Ayush Seminar at Army Hospital (Research And Referral)
An impressive ex-servicemen rally was organised under the aegis of Chinar Corps on September 24, 2017 at BB Cantt, Srinagar. The rally was attended by 400 ex-servicemen and 50 Veer Naris from across the Valley.
The rally was conducted with an aim of reaching out to the ESM fraternity of the Valley, renewing bonds between serving and retired personnel and addressing grievances of the Veterans. The rally was addressed by Maj Gen R Ravi, General Officer Commanding, 31 Sub Area who reiterated the commitment of the Corps towards espousing welfare and well being of Veterans and Veer Naris and underscored various projects and schemes concerned for their benefit. The GOC also saluted the unprecedented sacrifices made by the families of Veterans while making their contributions stellar towards security of the nation.
Felicitation of Veer Naris was an event of pride and poignant memories. The Veterans and Veer Naris were then guided to various stalls and others facilities established at the venue for their benefit. These included stalls related to individual pension grievances, medical checkup, treatment and medication and career progression of their wards. At the end, a Compendium covering various welfare schemes and benefits available to ESM/ Veer Naris and their depends was also handed over to them.
- Col Rajesh Kalia
Ex-Servicemen Rally at BB Cantt
A drug de-addiction seminar was conducted by the staff of Drug De-addiction Centre, Baramulla at Bijama Govt Higher Secondary School, Mukam Piran, coordinated by the Artillery regiment located at Khanpora under the aegis of Dagger Division. It is pertinent to note that the place is a hub of drug related activities which makes the seminar all the more relevant.
The seminar was aimed at educating the students about the harmful effects of drugs.
Over 150 students and staff attended the seminar including the Zonal Education Officer, Uri, Mr Gulam Jeelani. The counsellors from DDC briefed the students on the type of addiction prevalent in the society and measures that can be undertaken to refrain from such activities. It was also highlighted as to how a person involved in drug abuse can be identified and given professional counselling to overcome the addiction.
The seminar culminated with a fruitful interaction wherein there was active participation by the students. Such seminars are an initiative towards keeping the region drug free.
- Col Aman Anand
Army organises Drug De-Addiction Seminar
Air Vice Marshal Manavendra Singh was commissioned into the Indian Air Force on December 29, 1982 as a Helicopter pilot. In a distinguished career spanning early thirty five years, the Air Officer has flown a variety of trainer aircraft and helicopters. He has nearly 7000 hours of flying in various challenging sectors like the Siachen, the Northeast, the UP Hills, the Western desert and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience.
During his long career, the Air Officer has held numerous staff appointments at Headquarters. He was Station Commander, AF Station Udhampur and later served in HQ Integrated Defence Staff as Director C412 AF. He was also the Commander of IAF Peacekeeping Contingent in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo during 2009 – 10. He has been principal Director (Intelligence) at Air HQ and commanded Air Force Station New Delhi. Thereafter, he handled Tri-Service Operations as Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Joint Operations) at South Block. Before assuming the current appointment, he was posted as Senior Officer-in-charge Administration at HQ Eastern Air Command, Shillong.
The Air Officer is an alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College (USA) and Army War College, Mhow. A decorated Air Warrior, he was awarded Vir Chakra in 1990 for undertaking operational flying missions in Siachen, Vishist Seva Medal in 1999 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2013 for distinguished service of very high order.
Air Vice Marshal Manavendra Singh took over as SAASO (Senior Air & Adm Staff Officer) HQ Maintenance Command IAF from 01 Oct 2017. His vast experience in operations all over India and abroad and administrative acumen with strengthen functioning at HQ Maintenance Command as on of the Principal Staff Officer.
- Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar
Air Vice Marshal Manavendra Singh takes over as SAASO HQ MC