Armed Forces
The provision of 'Make' procedure is a vital pillar for realising the vision behind 'Make in India' initiative. During the past one year, the Indian Army has carried out a series of detailed interactions with private industry and academia to identify their existing potential towards defence technology, R & D and production.
A similar seminar was held in August 16 to acquaint the industry with 'Make' projects as approved in 2016 by MoD. The process has since been in motion and outcomes have been extremely encouraging.
As a step in this direction, second Seminar on 'Make' projects for Indian Army was held on August 12, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi jointly under aegis of Indian Army and Cll.
During the course of the seminar, a round table interaction of various Directorates of Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army) with industry reps was also held. The seminar was attended by Senior Officers of the Army as well as from Ministry of Defence. The seminar had notable representation from Industry and Academia alike.
- Col Aman Anand
Indian Army 'Make' Seminar
Faculty and Student officers attending MLSC-48 course at IML
Air Marshal RK Dhir ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command visited Air Force Station Naliya from August 16–17, 2017. The Air Marshal was accompanied by Mrs Neelam Dhir, President AFWWA (Regional). The dignitaries, on their arrival were received by Air Commodore S Antony, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Naliya and Mrs. Smitha Antony.
The AOC-in-C visited newly raised units at the base. The visit was aimed at evaluating the operational preparedness of the station. He addressed the personnel and motivated them to continue to maintain the high professional standards. He also stressed upon safe driving practices, Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, safe use of social media and insisted that everybody must be careful about security of Information. He also visited the Border Outposts of Border Security Force at Lakhpat and Koteshwar and interacted with BSF officials.
- Wg Cdr Abhishek Matiman
AOC-in-C SWAC visits front line Air Force Base
Commodore MVS Kumar, Director Sainik Welfare of Andhra Pradesh interacted with Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Telangana and Andhra Sub Area (TASA) at Vijayawada. Important issues related to Ex-Servicemen welfare were discussed such as Computerisation of records of Ex-Servicemen, Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, Canteen Stores, Pension, and Re-employment of veterans during the interaction.
The General Officer Commanding restated the support of the Headquarters, Telangana and Andhra Sub Area in all welfare activities being undertaken by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and assured cooperation in ensuring the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents which is of paramount importance. The General officer was in the Capital of the State to discuss the issues with senior government officials with regards to the welfare of serving soldiers and Veterans.
B Satheesh Kumar
GOC of TASA discusses Sainik Welfare issues
The army garrison at Naugam organised a conclave of Headmasters of local schools of Mawar Valley on August 17, 2017. The meeting was well subscribed by all Headmasters in the area.
The gathering, including Commander Naugam Garrison, discussed various current issues pertaining to the functioning of the schools. The army also got an insight into various administrative problems faced by the schools and promised all possible assistance.
A forum was made available to the school headmasters to discuss their ideas and concerns for the improvement of their schools. The army made the gathering aware about the various government schemes in vogue and adviced them to avail these opportunities. The army also assured the headmasters for all possible assistance and support to the schools of Mawar Valley.
- Col Aman Anand
Interaction with Headmasters of local schools at Naugam Garrison
Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla, Chief of Personnel, inaugurated a new Ex Servicemen Contributing Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinic on as a part of expansion of the Armed Forces Health Care Scheme for its veterans.
This Polyclinic will address all basic health care requirements of around 10,000 Ex Servicemen settled in the densely populated East Delhi Area, and has been a long felt critical requirement. The Polyclinic will also have basic facilities including general OPD, Medical OPD, Gynaecology OPD, Dental OPD, Physiotherapy and basic Laboratory services and has been equipped with latest state of the art equipment for provision of these services.
- Capt DK Sharma
New ECHS Polyclinic for Veterans Inaugurated
As part of Independence Day celebrations, Army Ordnance Corps (AOC) Centre organised a tour for the school students to AOC Centre in Secunderabad Cantonment. Around 100 students of various Schools from twin cities took part in this trip. The aim of the event was to familiarize and motivate the young students. The event was inaugurated by Brigadier PK Sharma, Commandant of the Centre.
Kids tied Rakhis to the soldiers to mark the Raksha Bandhan celebrations. Students also visited the Motivation Hall of the AOC Centre which has received the prestigious Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage Citation, Sand Model Room depicting various regions like Plains, Plateaus, Mountains and Desert. The instructors briefed the students about the general conduct of various Military drills. The event concluded with informative interactions of students with officers and soldiers on various schemes and opportunities in the Armed Forces.
- B Satheesh Kumar
Students visit AOC Centre
As a precursor to Navy week celebrations and part of its social outreach activities, the Indian Navy conducted a medical camp for the residents and school children at Kulpi. The camp was organized by INS Netaji Subhash under the aegis of Naval Officer in- Charge, West Bengal.
A medical team comprising two naval doctors and five paramedics, and headed by Surgeon Lt Cdr BB Satpathy, examined and screened about 500 patients including the elderly for various ailments like anemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and refractive error. Free medicines were given to the needy and specific treatment and follow-up advice was also provided to the residents. They were also educated on measures to be adopted to prevent spread of vector- borne diseases like dengue.
- Wg Cdr SS Birdi
Indian Navy conducts Medical Camp at Kulpi, South 24 Parganas
It is an important milestone in the history of Indian Air Force as first Air Force Boys Sports Squadron was inaugurated by Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station Jalahalli in Bengaluru. The scheme is a collaborative venture of Sports Authority of India with the Indian Air Force with an objective to make use of good infrastructure and disciplined environment of Indian Air Force to achieve excellence in sports.
The Chief Guest in his inaugural speech said that Air Force Station Jalahalli has displayed a strong sense of commitment towards sports by establishing Air Force Boys Sports Squadron at such a short notice. He also said that Air Force Boys Sports Squadron will strengthen sporting framework of India and improve the performance of India at the international level and hoped to see these young talent on the podium in the international arena.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Air Commodore M Mohanta, Principal Director Adventure Sports & School, Air Headquarters, Air Commodore Tushar G Desai, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jalahalli and eminent sports person Mrs Laishram Sarita Devi.
- Shivaram Pailoor
Air Force Boys Sports Squadron Inaugurated
A well versed Veer Naris and Veterans Info Cell has been established and functioning in Records the Madras Regiment since July 15, 2015 to redress grievances of the Veer Naris/Veterans/Widows/NOKs as regards to their entitlements, Health, Employment and other issues.
Accessibility to the Madras Regiment Veernaris and Veterans info cell :-
Veteran/Veernaris can also contact following appts on tele :-
- Capt Abilash MC
Veer Naris and Veterans Info Cell the Madras Regiment
48th Middle Level Commanders and Staff Officers Law Course commenced on August 7, 2017 at Institute of Military Law. Addressing the officers the Commandant IML, Brig Vijay Kumar apprised the officers about the aim of the course and the endeavor of the Institute to enable them to understand the application of Military and Allied Laws to the ground situations. He emphasized that by imparting instructions on Military & Allied Laws, the Institute is preparing them for their onerous duties where there is no scope of error or illegality. During the course the officers will be trained for their role as staff officers dealing with discipline & vigilance cases objectivity. They will be given theoretical and practical training of law.
The course is of four weeks duration and is being attended by senior officers in the rank of Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel and Majors. The officers represent various military formations of Indian Army where they are handling discipline and vigilance cases of the Army as Staff officers and Middle Level Commanders.
Institute of Military Law is an elite institution working under the aegis of Army Training Command Shimla commanded by Lt Gen DR Soni, VSM, General Officer Commanding in Chief.
- Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar
Middle Level Commanders and Staff Officers Law Course, SER-48 at Kamptee
37 Assistant Commandants of the 64th Batch passed out of the portals of Indian Coast Guard Training Center on successful completion of CG Law and Operations Course on August 8, 2017. On this occasion, an impressive Passing Out Parade (POP) was held at Indian Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 4, Kochi. The Passing Out Parade was reviewed by Inspector General KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (West).
During the ceremonial review, the Chief Guest awarded book prizes to the meritorious trainee officers. Assistant Commandant BM Muralidharan was awarded 1st prize for scoring highest marks in the passing out batch. The coveted "Director General Sword of Honour" for the 63rd Batch was awarded to Assistant Commandant Arun Palani Kumar S for standing first in overall order of merit.
Speaking on the occasion, Inspector General KR Nautiyal advised the officer trainees of the importance of honing the skills they have gained during their training and reiterated the need for setting high standards of professionalism and conduct as becoming of an officer in Indian Coast Guard. He impressed upon the officers the need to uphold the stature, honour and the glorious tradition of the service at all times and expressed the optimism that this training would form strong bedrock for the professional competence and leadership expected from an officer in the Indian Coast Guard.
- Cdr Sridhar Warrier
Coast Guard Law and Operations Course completed
An impressive Attestation Parade, in which 156 recruits passed out from the Parachute Regiment Training Centre after successful completion of 34 weeks training and joined the folds of the Parachute Regiment as Paratroopers in Bengaluru. The Parade was reviewed by Major General VD Chowgule, Deputy Commandant, Officers Training Academy,Chennai.
In his address, Major General Chowgule urged the new recruits to standby the basic soldierly ethos namely "Imandari", "Wafadari" and "Bahaduri" and complemented the Paratroopers on their impressive turnout and impeccable drill.
The Parade was commanded by Recruit Kamble Amol. Among the award winners were Recruit Krishan who won the Gill Medal for overall Best Recruit , while the best in Endurance Medal went to Recruit TA Subhash Kumar. The Ghadge Medal for best in firing and weapon training was won by Recruit Sreerag K and the Cheema Medal for best Recruit in Physical Training went to Recruit Aerun Kumar AC and Chettri Medal for Best Recruit in drill was awarded to Recruit TA Kamble Amol.
- Shivaram Pailoor
Attestation Parade at PRTC
Ek Sham Jawano Ke Naam, a musical evening was celebrated with patriotic fervor and zeal at the Allahabad Cantonment to mark 71st Independence Day Celebrations.
Inaugurated by Mrs Bala Singh, Chairperson, Family Welfare Organisation Allahabad Sub Area, the event was organised to remember and rejoice our struggle for freedom.
It was a harmonious blend of emotions, sentiment and patriotism at the Jadunath Sainik Institute. A momentous occasion in the form of a musical evening and heart touching address by the GOC for all men in uniform and their families aroused a feeling of devotion, brotherhood and passion for the country.
Patriotic fervor was rejuvenated when the song ' Mere Desh Ki Dharti' was sung by the GOC. The jingoistic moments were vibrantly kept alive through a fiesta of songs by Shri Bhupinder Shukla a renowned musician and his group. The event was anchored by Dr. Ranjana Tripathi a fellow scholar.
The event evolved the solemn mood and recalled the service of those who laid their lives to give us the freedom we enjoy today.
The celebrations culminated with a mega event of dedication of newly constructed 'Yudh Smarak' a war memorial to the people of Allahabad Cantonment. Unique in concept and design it boasts of the bravery, valour and sacrifice of our soldiers in the five major wars fought post Independence. With pride and dignity it showcases the near real life busts of all the PVC awardees of the country.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
'Ek Sham Jawano Ke Naam'
Shri Suresh Sreedharan, Indian Information Service (IIS) Cadre and Spokesperson of Ministry of Defence, Government of India working at Public Relations Unit at Thiruvananthapuram retired on superannuation on August 31, 2017.
During his long span of 37 years of varied experience he worked in various media units of Government of India such as Press Information Bureau at Kochi, DAVP at New Delhi, Directorate of Field Publicity at Kochi, Field Publicity Office at Kavarathi and Doordarshan Kendra at Chennai.
For the last three and half years Shri Suresh Sreedharan headed the Public Relations Unit of the Defence Ministry which is the official channel for disseminating information relating to programmes, policies and other activities of the Ministry and all its establishments in the state, including the Armed Forces.
He is from Vyttila at Ernakulam District.
- Suresh Sridharan
Defence Spokesperson Suresh Sreedharan Retires