Sri Ram Nath Kovind, President and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces arrived at Begumpet Airport by Indian Air Force aircraft on December 19, 2017. The President was received by Major General TSA Narayanan, Deputy Commandant, MCEME, Rear Admiral DS Chouhan, Commandant, CDM Secunderabad, Air Vice Marshal R Radhish, Commandant College of Air Warfare, Brigadier MD Upadhyay, Station Commander, Secunderabad, Military Station and Dignitaries of Government of Telangana at the Airport. An impressive Guard of Honour for the President of India was presented by the Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Begumpet and Air Force Station Hakimpet. Air Commodore CK Kumar, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Begumpet was the conducting Officer for the Guard of Honour.
The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Bipin Rawat, was received by Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command on his arrival to Lucknow on December 18, 2017 at Surya Khel Parisar. The Army Chief during his visit to the station interacted with officers of Headquarters Central Command and Veterans of Uttar Pradesh. He also interacted with Officers, Serving Soldiers and Recruits of the 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre.
Later in the day, General Bipin Rawat met and interacted with Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Shri Yogi Adityanath, to discuss pertinent issues.
General Bipin Rawat expressed satisfaction on the operational and administrative preparedness of formations and lauded the selfless service of the troops deployed in the remote and challenging areas.
The Army Service Corps (ASC) celebrated its 257th Corps Day at the Headquarters Central Command in Lucknow on December 8, 2017. To commemorate the day and as a mark of respect to the gallant soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty, Major General PP Singh, Senior most ASC officer in the Central Command along with ASC veterans, laid wreaths and paid floral tributes at Smritika War Memorial.
Veer Naris and Veterans were felicitated on this occasion. Lieutenant General BS Negi, Army Commander, Central Command, extended his greetings to all ranks, civilian employees, their families and veterans of the Corps on the day. He commended the stellar role of the ASC personnel, both during war and peace.
The Army Service Corps is the backbone of logistic to the Armed Forces, provisioning rations, petroleum products, air maintenance, mechanical transport and animal transport support to formations deployed across the country. It has consistently evolved and emerged as a modern, information technology savvy and network-centric organization catering to the ever changing strategic and operational environment.
In its glorious history spanning more than 250 years, ASC personnel have been decorated for gallantry with 2 Military Cross, 1 Ashoka Chakra, 1 Maha Vir Chakra, 4 Kirti Chakra, 14 Vir Chakra, 21 Shaurya Chakra, 133 Sena Medal, 146 Mention-in-Despatch and 1 Jeevan Raksha Padak apart from numerous distinguished awards and medals.
Air Marshal RK Dhir, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Air Command, Indian Air Force accompanied by his wife, Mrs Neelam Dhir, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) arrived at Air Force Station Thane on December 11 on two days official visit. They were received by Gp Capt Manu Kapoor, Station Commander, Air Force Station, Thane and Mrs Sonal Kapoor, President, Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local).
The Air Marshal interacted with air warriors in various units and also addressed the station personnel laying emphasis on Aerospace operational capabilities, safety and security of personnel and equipment.
Mrs Neelam Dhir reviewed the welfare activities undertaken by the Sanginis. She also interacted with them and reviewed the overall progress made in various spheres of social activities of the Station.
The visit of the dignitaries went through successfully and was a morale booster for all the station personnel towards achieving the national objective of defending the Indian sky.
- Wg Cdr Samir S Gangakhedkar
Passing out parade of New Entrants Ser 102 was organised under the aegis of Army Educational Corps Training College and Centre on December 16, 2017. This mega event was witnessed by all officers, JCOs/OR families and parents of the New Entrants. The Passing out Parade was reviewed by Maj Gen AK Vyas, ADG MT (AE) and Head of Staff, Army Educational Corps.
A total of 203 trainees including 16 remustered personnel were attested as Havildar (Education) in this event. On completion of the training, the torch bearers of the Corps have been posted as Havildar Instructors to various Units/Formations of the Indian Army. New Entrants have been trained in latest advancement in the field of Education, Computer Science, Map Reading, Library Management and Teaching Methodologies to meet professional challenges in pursuit of organizational endeavours and environmental aspirations.
The New Entrants carried out an impressive ceremonial parade and took oath of affirmation before they were put on the coveted `Stripes' of Havildar rank by their proud parents. All newly attested Havildars presented the `Gaurav Padak' to their parents. The best performers in various categories were awarded medals. Addressing the new entrants, Maj Gen AK Vyas, ADG MT (AE) and Head of Staff, Army Educational Corps exhorted them to be selfless in the service of the nation and to equip themselves with skills to rise to new challenges. He also told them to walk the path of truth and honesty and keep the guiding principles of `Naam', `Namak', `Nishan' always in mind.
The glittering ceremony was attended by parents, veterans, school children and other invitees.
330 Recruits were attested into the oldest Regiment of Indian Army, the Madras Regiment at the historic Shrinagesh Barracks on December 19, 2017. The recruits after 46 weeks of tough training could see their dreams come true when they wore olive green and marched past the largest enclosed drill square in Asia.
The Passing out Parade was reviewed by General Officer Commanding, Dakshin Bharat Area. Speaking on the occasion Lieutenant General RK Anand appreciated the instructors and staff for achieving a very high standard of drill in the Attestation Parade and lauded the effort of MRC to improve the standard of training to such a high level. He also congratulated the parents of the young soldiers in this moment of pride and glory.
The 18-member Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore (CHAFB) team that embarked on a 7-day cycling expedition from Bangalore to Secunderabad to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations of CHAFB reached Military Hospital, Secunderabad on December 7, 2017. The expedition was flagged off on December 1, 2017 by Air Marshal SRK Nair, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command.
The team comprising of seven Doctors including one lady Doctor and 11 medical assistants, travelled through three states Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana via Madanapalle, Kadapa, Giddalur, Srisailam and Hajipur and reached Military Hospital, Secunderabad covering a distance of 800 kms. This is the first time a cyclothon of this distance has been attempted by Doctors and medical assistants in Indian Air Force. The cyclists were warmly welcomed by Major General N Srinivas Rao, General Officer Commanding, Telangana & Andhra Sub area and Brigadier D Vivekanand, Commandant, MH Secunderabad.
The main motto of the team was to spread awareness of fitness and the benefits of sports like cycling to prevent lifestyle diseases as they passed through several places in three states.
CHAFB, an 800 bedded Super Specialty Hospital, was originally formed at Secunderabad as No. 8 Air Force Hospital and moved to Bangalore on May 1st, 1968. On completion of 50 Years of its existence, the expedition named "Back to Roots" was organized to revisit the origin and history of the Hospital.
The ninth All India Defence Accounts Department (DAD) Cricket Tournament for men and women was played in Bengaluru from December 18, 2017. The five-day tournament was organised by the office of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts, Bengaluru under the aegis of Defence Accounts Sports Control Board (DASCB). The tournament was inaugurated by Shri P N Sukul, Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts at RSI Stadium, MG Road in the in the city. Dr M Anjaneyulu, PCDA welcomed all the team members to the Tournament.
The DASCB conducts All India Defence Accounts Department tournaments on a regular basis for various sporting disciplines based on the annual calendar approved by Governing body. The tournament has teams participating from various organisations of DAD. The eight participating teams were the winner and runner-up teams of the eighth tournament, a team from the present host in Bengaluru and one team each from five zones – North, South, East, West and Central. The tournament was conducted at two different venues, including the RSI stadium at Bengaluru. The participating teams were divided into two groups. All teams in the group played with each other in league stage for first and second position. Team at first position in a group played with team at second position of the other group in the semi final. The winners of the semi finals qualified for the final match. All matches were played under T-20 format.
The 12th Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Conference of Ordnance & Ordnance Equipment Factories organized by National Academy of Defence Production, Ambajhari, Nagpur concluded on December 15, 2017.
Shri S.K. Chourasia, IOFS, Director General Ordnance Factories & Chairman/Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata was Chief Guest and Shri Kailas Chandra, IOFS, Additional DGOF & Member/Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata was Guest of Honour.
Shri Rajnish Lodwal, IOFS, n.d.c Sr. Principal Director of the Academy welcomed Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, distinguished jury and all delegates. In his address, he appreciated the delegates for showcasing the efforts towards TPM activities on the theme "Enhancing competitiveness by reducing losses & wastages at the shop floor". He congratulated all the winners. He also made special mention of Shri S K Sahabuddin, of Metal & Steel Factory (Ishapore/West Bengal) who summited Mount Everest in May 2017 and was honoured in the TPM Conference.
Shri Kailas Chandra, Addl. DGOF & Member/OFB appealed to all present to set exemplary standards to be emulated.
Shri SK Chourasia, DGOF & Chairman/OFB delivered the valedictory address and emphasised the need to translate the TPM ideas into visible reduction in costs. The overall best TPM award was given away to Ordnance Factory Varangaon (OFV/Maharashtra). The other worthy winners were Ordnance Factory Kanpur (OFC/Uttar Pradesh), Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAj/Maharashtra), Ordnance Clothing Factory Shahjahanpur (OCFS/Uttar Pradesh) and Engine Factory Avadi (EFA/Tamil Nadu).
On the occasion of conclusion of the Hindi Pakhwada a prize distribution ceremony of Directorate of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, was held on December 8, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Additional Director General (Media and Communication) Mrs Mattu JP Singh, Director (PR) Mr Nungsanglemba Ao, Director (Adm) Mr G Singaravelu and Deputy Director (Adm) Mr CS Dhasmana. Senior officers and Staff of this directorate were also present in the ceremony. In total 40 winners of different competitions were given cash awards and certificates. During the Hindi Pakhwada a record number of participants took part in various competition i.e. Essay, Speech and Noting/Drafting organized from September, 14-28, 2017. The competitions were organized in Hindi and non-Hindi speaking category. A Speech competition was separately held for MTS staff. The participants were awarded cash prizes. At the closing ceremony ADG (M&C) praised the staff of the DPR for their efforts in increasing Hindi correspondence in official work of this directorate. She also emphasised that it is our responsibility to do more and more work in promoting the official language.
As another step in the direction of 'Make in India' in Defence sector and to facilitate development of indigenous capacity, reduce import dependence and with the long-term objective of building capacity within the industry as a robust alternative source of ammunition, the Government has approved manufacturing of eight selected ammunition for Indian Army by Indian Industry.
These eight in-service ammunition are proposed to be manufactured by Indian industry. As the indigenous manufacturer will be required to set up a new establishment for manufacture of ammunition, Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has approved a long term contract of 10 years with the selected ammunition manufacturer, to facilitate a viable commercial model, will be entered into. Individual Indian companies, as per Indian Companies Act 2013, with foreign equity not exceeding 49%, owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens; Consortium consisting of only Indian companies and wholly owned subsidiary Company, are eligible to participate.
The selection of manufacturer will be through an Open Tender Enquiry under two bid system. Companies are allowed to bid for any number of ammunition types. However, a company will be awarded not more than three contracts. The prospective manufacturer will be free to select their technology partners, negotiate and obtain transfer of technology (ToT). The technology partners could be indigenous or foreign manufacturer, as per the discretion of participating entities.
Liberalised Family Pension has been in existence and has been provided to army personnel working on Line of Control (LoC)/International Border (IB) along Pakistan border. This Liberalized Family Pension covers:
"Accidental death/injury sustained due to natural calamities such as flood, avalanches, landslides, cyclone, fire and lightening or drowning in river while performing operational duties/movement in action against enemy forces and armed hostilities in operational area to include deployment on international border or line of control".
The Liberalised Family Pension provides for 100% of last reckonable emoluments in comparison to normal family pension which provides for 30% of last reckonable emoluments. Raksha Mantri, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman has approved that the same benefit of Liberalized Family Pension be extended to Army Personnel working along Line of Actual Control (LAC) along India-China borders on the same manner as for the army personnel working in LoC and International Border.