INITIATIVE - SOCIAL MEDIA
In keeping pace with the advancing technology, COAS directed the
ADGPI to utilise the tremendous potential of the ever expanding
world of Social Media (SM) so as to effectively use it as a medium
of Communication & Perception Management.
This initiative, in addition to
presenting the Army’s viewpoint on matters military, is also a vital
instrument to gauge public sentiment. The clientele of these
platforms being dissimilar, a cross section of public sentiment is
now available to us.
Indian Army is currently present both
on Facebook & Twitter.
Army’s SM initiative commenced with the acquiring of its own twitter
handle @adgpi on 01 Mar 13. The handle has been verified by Twitter,
Twitter India classified @ adgpi as
one of India’s most influential twitter handles. The popularity of
the IA twitter handle can be gauged from the fact that the who’s who
of India incl the PMO, MEA & Chief Ministers of various states
During the Uttarakhand floods @adgpi was the most current news
platform with even the PMO advising the public to follow us for the
latest in Disaster Relief and Rescue Ops.
another feather in its cap on 15 May 13, Indian Army’s Facebook Page
was Launched “Adgpi.Indianarmy”. The page has been verified by
Currently it has a following of more than 5 lakhs, with a weekly
reach of over five million.
The popularity of the IA on Facebook is evident both by the number
of followers as well as the heartening comments, words of
encouragement and appreciation being offered to the IA.
Instrs on use of
Para 93 of Army Cyber Policy 2012
issued by DGMO.
MI Dte Letter No A/38024/1/MI-11 Dt 03 Oct 2011.
MGO BRANCH : RECENT
Introduction of New
The latest and the best products
available in the world are being introduced to provide better
protection and functionality to troops as well as higher user
Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS), a three layered
clothing system procured and issued to troops.
Contract concluded for a three layered Modular Gloves, for better
Sanction for two comb T-Shirts for all troops of the Indian Army
Life of T Shirt fixed at 18 months.
Procurement in progress.
lines for conclusion of contracts brought down considerably by
streamlining procedures by concerted efforts at all levels.
A total of 17 contracts signed in the current financial year
amounting to 11,777 Cr and 23 more in the pipeline making a total of
Pilot Project on OG
sanction received for issue of OG cloth in lieu of stitched uniforms
for 50% of total requirement.
Stitching allowance @ Rs 225/- and 5% annual escalation to be
credited through PAO(OR) on publication of DO Part II.
Procurement process in progress, likely to be issued by Jun 2015.
Rain Cape Multipurpose Poncho.
Rain Cape Multipurpose Poncho, Disruptive Pattern, has been
introduced in place of existing rain cape. OFB asked to sup qty
70,000 for 2013-14.
Road Map identified to make up deficiencies in ammunition.
Steps initiated to make up 50 % WWR ammunition by 2015 and 100% by
MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE
Thoracic & Vascular Surgery Centre, AH (R&R) A new state of
art Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery Centre established at AH
(R&R), to be functional wef 01 Jun 14.
Modernisation of 46 Military Hospitals (MHs) A
comprehensive proposal for modernisation of 46 MHs, involving 14280
hospital beds, including 1200 Crisis Expansion Beds, at the cost of
Rs 8100 Cr, is currently with MoF, after endorsement of the MoD.
Health LMC data of Officers/JCO/OR has been collated
for the first time from all Records Offices and MS Branch. Data is
being analysed for institution of remedial health measures.
of Dental Units Role of Dental Officers and Dental Units at
all echelons, during Combat and Peace has been reviewed.
Additional combat role has nowM been defined which includes handling
of Blood and Casualty Decontamination during CBRN eventuality.
Mobile Dental Van Case has been initiated for
provisioning four state of the art Mobile Dental Vans each to
Eastern and Northern Commands for in-situ dental care to the troops
who are unable to seek proper oral and dental care due to their
Welfare of Veterans Establishment of Nodal Centres at
each Command Military Dental Centre to cater for requirements of the
Revision of AI 37/78 Age limit of 28 and 30 years for
grant of PC to serving SSC officers holding BDS and MDS degree
amended to 30 and 35 yrs respectively.
Visit of COAS to ASC
Centre (North) Bangalore
being relocated from Gaya to Bangalore, ASC Centre (North) was
confronted with basic billeting challenges with acute shortage of
OTM accommodation. To mitigate this, the COAS released a sum of Rs 3
crores to ASC Centre (North) in Jul 2013 for emergent construction
of prefabricated shelters. ASC Centre (North) executed this task on
a fast track basis in a mere 90 days. The COAS inspected the said
infrastructure at ASC Centre (North) on 11 Mar 2014. He also assured
the release of additional funds for creation of essential
infrastructure for troops.
Border Personal Meet (BPM)-Chushul
Ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) was held on 01 May 2014 on
the occasion of “International Labour Day” (May Day) at Chinese
Border Personal Meet Hut at Maldo Garrison of the Peoples Liberation
Army (PLA) in Chushul Sector of Eastern Ladakh. This interaction is
in continuation to measures being implemented by both sides to
expand bonhomie between border troops. A BPM is conducted every year
on International Labour Day by Chinese troops since the day
commemorates the global renaissance to ensure socio – economic
rights to the ‘worker’s class’ on 01 May 1886. Similar BPMs are also
conducted by both sides on other days of National significance. On
the occasion of the International Labour Day both delegations met
and saluted each other. This was followed by ceremonial addresses by
both delegation leaders wherein they conveyed greetings and messages
from their National and Military leadership aimed at building
greater friendship and mutual trust between both countries and the
Inauguration of Dare
Devils Motivation Hall-Jabalpur
“Motivation Hall” cum museum for the DareDevils was inaugurated by
Lt Gen R K Rana, GOC MB Area on 15 Mar 14 at Signal Trg Centre,
Jabalpur. The hall, which has been artistically designed, houses all
photographs, trophies, World Records, certificates and events
related to the Dare Devil’s history. It would instill future
generations with a sense of pride and honour and motivate them to
join the team. The Corps of Signals Motor Rider Display Team
popularly known as “THE DARE DEVILS” consists of volunteer dispatch
riders who are not only proficient in their trade but also posses
self determination, mental alertness, unmatched courage, physical
stamina and precision in handling of motor cycles.
NORTH EAST DIARY
Summary of Operations
for the Month of Apr 2014
of people friendly operations with focus on surgical intelligence
based operations against insurgents and terrorist groups in the
region, has kept the situation peaceful and under control. 03
terrorists were killed, 96 apprehended and 20 surrendered to the SF
during the period. In addition 09 Over Ground Workers of various
outfits have also been apprehended. 109 weapons of all types have
been recovered during the period apart from recovery of 38 bombs/IEDs/grenades
which could have otherwise caused fatal casualties to civilians and
Commander Calls on Governor of Sikkim
Corps Commander Lt Gen KJ Singh, called on the Honourable Governor
of Sikkim Sh Sriniwas Dadasaheb Patil at Raj Bhawan. Lt Gen KJ Singh
who was on a visit to review the operational preparedness of troops
deployed along the international border in Sikkim, briefed the
Governor on the security situation in the area. The Corps Commander
also visited forward areas and interacted with a cross section of
troops deployed there.
Public Waiting Shed
constructed by Assam Rifles-Thoubal
Assam Rifles of 28 Sector AR constructed a public waiting shed at
Kakching Lamkhai village of Thoubal District under the Assam Rifles
Military Civic Action Programme. The waiting shed was inaugurated in
presence of the residents of Kakching Lamkhai, Pradhan and other
prominent personalities of the village on 15 Mar 2014. The officials
of 22 Assam Rifles encouraged them to judiciously utilize the
facility provided to them.
JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Surgical Eye Camp at
Surgical Eye Camp was organized at Military Hospital Akhnoor from 07
to 12 Apr 2014 in accordance with ‘VISION 2020’ programme of
Government of India fulfilling the ‘Right to Sight for All’, an
initiative conceptualized to provide advanced state- of-the-art
tertiary medical care to ex servicemen at their doorsteps in remote
areas in Northern Command Zone. Eye teams from CH (NC) and MH
provided expert OPD services encompassing consultation, remedial
measures and dispensing of medicines. A total of 61 cases were
operated by eye specialists of CH (NC) and Military Hospital by
modern, state of the art phacoemulsification cataract surgery with
implantation of imported US FDA approved premium foldable Intra
Ocular Lens. All cases were successful and gained good visual
Tiger Hill Brigade
Dedicates Op Sahyog to Awam-Kargil
a part of Indian Army’s humane approach under Op Sadbhavana for
helping poor and needy people of J&K region. The Rajputana Rifles
under Tiger Hill Brigade initiated the noble project of ‘OP SAHYOG’
on 17 Apr 2014. Sh S Karma Rinchen had lost his right arm during a
massive land slide in Aug 2010. Being the only earning member in a
family of nine people, he was very depressed due to his disability
and was finding very hard to make the two ends meet. Miss Zohra
Banoo, 27 years who had met with an accident when she was just two
years old and had to undergo below knee amputation was also
identified for provision of prosthesis. Coordination was done with
Artificial Limb Centre, Pune for fitting of prosthesis to both. On
17 Apr 14 they were sent to Artificial Limb Centre, Pune for further
medical treatment with all the expenses of boarding, lodging and
medical treatment being borne by the Indian Army under Op Sadbhavana.
Conduct of Tuition
Classes at Girls Higher Secondary School, Baramulla
receiving a request from the local populace of Baramulla for
provision of tuition classes to their children, Rashtriya Rifles
(SIKH) took on the noble task of providing tuition to students of
Class X & XII from economically backward strata. A total of 80 girl
students attended the classes during the 2014 session. This
endeavour by the Battalion has gone down very well amongst the Awaam
and benefitted the students immensely.
SPORTS & ADVENTURE
Two New National
Records- Weight Lifting
New National Records were established in 66th Sr National
Weightlifting Championship 2014 by Hav Syamlal M of Corps of
Signals, who participated in the Senior National Weight Lifting
Championship held at Nagpur from 29 Mar to 01 Apr 14. He won two
Gold & one Silver Medal and also created two new national records
(Snatch- 161 kg, Clean & Jerk- 190 kg and Total Weight 351 kg).
7th Asian Air Gun
Asian Air Gun Championship was conducted from 07 to 13 Mar 2014 at
Kuwait. Hav Chain Singh and Hav Jitu Rai from Army participated in
Men’s Air Rifle and Air Pistol events. Hav Chain Singh won
individual Gold and Team Bronze Medal in 10M Air Rifle. In the
finals he scored 206.0, outclassing his Chinese opponent to win the
Gold Medal. Hav Jitu Rai also won the Team Silver Medal in 10M Air
Trekking cum Skiing
Camp at Sinthan Maidan-Kishtwar
Force conducted a TrekkingCum Skiing Adventure Camp from 16 Feb to
13 Mar 14 in the picturesque Sinthan Maidan located on the gentle
slopes of Pir Panjal Ranges in District Kishtwar. The 15 day
adventure camp for selected troops of Rashtriya Rifles included
training on skiing and snow craft competitions. This initiative by
Rashtriya Rifles was the first of its kind in this area which has
great potential for becoming a skiing resort in winters in Jammu
Western Command Army
Commander’s Banner Presentation 2013-14
Charging Ram Division won the prestigious Western Command Army
Commander’s Banner 2013-14. Lt Gen Philip Campose, GOC-in-C, Western
Command presented the banner to Maj Gen VD Dogra, GOC, 22 Infantry
Division on 11 Apr 14 at the Command Headquarters during the
Formation Commander’s Conference. The banner is instituted in the
Command Theatre for excellence in Professional and Sports
Engg Sp Initiatives by
Chinar Corps EME
part of the endeavour to provide max insitu repairs to op critical
eqpt, 12 teams of Vajr Eagles were dply at winter cut off posts at
alt upto 15000 ft to provide in-situ repairs to critical svl eqpt,
genr and dozers last winters. Nearly 500 pieces of eqpt were
repaired/maint at these loc, a feat which reflects the proactive
repair sp philosophy in the Vajr Div and Chinar Corps. In addition,
a No of technology demo & innovations have been created by the Vajr
Eagles using in-house tech expertise and ingenuinity, to br the void
betn existing and expected eqpt capb in the Corps Z. A No of such
innovations have been demo at various forums and also been appre by
the GOC Chinar Corps and GOC-in-C Northern Comd. Many of these
innovations are being extensively expl by dply units to enhance
their op capb in the challenging CI/CT envt.
Raising of 274 Transit
Camp (Special Type) at Khanpur, Delhi
Transit Camp (Special Type) has been raised on 01 March 2014. The
camp is located at Khanpur, Delhi and has been created to
accommodate troops nominated for United Nation (UN) missions, for
Pre-induction training and pre-dispatch formalities. The process is
underway to create necessary infrastructure at the Transit Camp to
accommodate approximately 5,500 Indian Army personnel nominated for
up to the ethos and traditions of the INDIAN ARMY, Lt Gen Raymond
Noronha, GOC Corps met the veterans of his battalion on 24 Apr 14.
The get together was attended by approx 100 ex-servicemen of RAJPUT
(MEIKTILA), many of them coming from states of UP, Rajasthan and MP.
The General was received in traditional RAJPUT style with tying of
Safa, followed by a introductory welcome speech by Sub (Retd)
Bhanwar Singh the Sarpanch of Hasanpur Village. This was followed by
a talk by the General Officer who then interacted with all the
veterans addressing their problems and reached out to them for all
assistance that they required for their well being.
Ex-Servicemen Interaction, Yol Cantt
than 600 Army veterans of various ranks, belonging to far flung
areas of Kangra, Dharamshala, Nagrota, Shahpur, Jwali and Kotla of
Himachal Pradesh attended the ‘Rising Star Ex-servicemen
Interaction’ at Yol Cantt on 30 Mar 2014. During the interaction,
GOC Rising Star Corps apprised the veterans of their entitlement and
latest welfare schemes launched by the Government. Various booths
from State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Zila Sainik Welfare,
DPDO, ESM Sahayata Kendra and ECHS were established to educate
Ex-servicemen and Veer Naries and address issues regarding pension,
health care, CSD etc. More than 180 veterans, Veer Naries and their
dependents were also rendered medical assistance during the meet.
They were also assured of all assistance by the Army in reaching out
to them and resolving their issues on a regular basis.
'Van Mahotsav' at
Pathankot Mil Stn
tree plantation drive was org in Pathankot Mil Stn on 22 Mar 2014.
On this occasion all ranks and families of Pathankot Mil Stn planted
approx 10,000 trees of various varieties. A large number of school
children from Army Public School, Kendriya Vidhyalaya-II and Rising
Star Army Pre Primary School at Pathankot actively participated in
planting trees in their school premises and other locs in the stn.
The plantation drive was part of the Mission “Van Mahotsav” for the
year 2013-14, during which approx 40,000 trees have been planted in
Annual Day Organised
Ordnance Pre Primary School, Suranussi organised its Annual Day
function at Jalandhar on 08 Mar. Mrs Manju Chauhan, President AWWA
HQ 91 Sub Area, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. A total of 150
toddlers participated in the programme which was based on the theme
of National Integration.
Visit to Family
Accommodation at Kolkata
Kiran Rai, Regional President FWO, Eastern Command visited the Field
Area Family Accommodation (FAFA) at 2 CBPO, Command Hospital,
Ordnance Depot, Ballygunge Military Camp (BMC) and Strand Lines in
Fort William. She interacted with the families, enquiring about
their difficulties and ensured that remedial measures were promptly
initiated. She also formalised the “Didi” concept to improve living
conditions of field area families. During her visit to BMC, she also
visited the AWWA Hostel and interacted with the students.
Glaucoma Awareness and
Anshul Chachra, President, Family Welfare Organisation (FWO),
Northern Comd visited the ‘Glaucoma Awareness and Screening Camp’
organised by the Command Hospital on 29 Mar. The theme of this
year‘s camp was ‘Beat Invisible Glaucoma’. The month long awareness
campaign is a venture wherein Command Hospital has joined hands with
the global crusade for fight against Glaucoma (Kala Motia). A book
on ‘Health & Wellness’ was also released by Mrs Anshul Chachra on
WELFARE MEASURES -
Increase in Reservist
Pension for Pre 1968 Retirees
Reservists and families of reservists
were authorised ex-gratia @ 600/-pm and 605/- pm respectively wef 01
Nov 1997, which has been increased to 750/-pm and 645/-pm
respectively wef 04 Jun 2013.
Dearness ex-gratia and dearness relief
also authorised to Reservists since 01 Apr 04.
Old Age Homes
Old Age Homes approved to be set up in
all Commands, less Northern Comd, ARTRAC and ANC, on ‘Pay and Stay’
Work on pilot project at Panchkula is under progress. Likely date of
completion is Dec 2014.
Similar facility for JCOs/OR veterans is being established at
Response System (IVRS) based Veterans Helpline
IVRS based helpline, interfaced with the web portal, is being
installed to facilitate smooth handling of incoming telephone calls
on the veterans’ helpline.
The IVRS would enable capture of the petitioners details, record of
conversation and transcription of the conversation to Roman Hindi.
of the system of DPA, to facilitate the redressal of pension related
complaints of Ex Servicemen is being undertaken.
Six DPAs conducted during the Year 2013, to facilitate grievances.
DPAs planned in the Year 2014, as under :-
Bhubaneswar (Orissa) - Mar 2014
Jabalpur (MP) - Apr 2014
Bilaspur (HP) - Jun 2014
Madurai (Tamil Nadu) - Aug 2014
Shillong (Meghalaya) - Oct 2014
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) - Dec 2014
OF FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW
Apr 2014, marks the birth centenary of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw,
MC, popularly called, ‘Sam Bahadur,’ who was the epitome of
soldiering and a visionary military leader. He was the key architect
of our glorious military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War,
which led to the birth of Bangladesh. Honouring the legendary
General, the COAS unveiled the Field Marshal’s statue and released a
book titled, 'Field Marshal
Sam Manekshaw – The Man and His Times'.
Chief also addressed a large audience which comprised a number of
retired Army Chiefs, senior serving officers and veterans as also
daughters and close relatives of the Field Marshal. The COAS dwelt
upon numerous examples of soldierly traits and visionary leadership
skills which the Field Marshal displayed in his illustrious career.
As part of the Centenary Celebrations a number of events were
organised at Ooty & Coonoor, the place where the FM chose to spend
his final days. A 14 km Marathon was also organised from Ooty to
Wellington and the statue of Field Marshal Manekshaw was unveiled at
Wellington. A prayer meeting and wreath laying ceremony was
organised at the Parsi-Zoroastrian Cemetery at Ooty.
Wreath Laying Ceremony at
Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington
on 03 Apr 14
COAS with Former Army Chiefs
at the unveiling of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s statue on 03 Apr
Army Welfare Placement
Nissan. M/S Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited
(RNAIPL), Chennai manufacturer of light motor vehicles like Micra,
Sunny, Duster and Terrano etc approached Placement Node (PN) Chennai
to provide them with ESM in the following categories:-
Fork Lift Truck (FLT) Opr.
Technicians (Veh Mech).
There are approx 500 vacancies for the
drivers and others. Contact HQ AWPO and PN Chennai for more details.
Safal Booth for Veterans.
‘Mother Dairy’, a Govt of India undertaking has offered to allot
over 100 “Safal” Veg/Fruits booth in Delhi/NCR to Ex Servicemen.
There will be a recurring monthly requirement for these booths. For
initial six months a min of Rs. 15000/- is guaranteed to the ESM. On
an average a booth can earn approx Rs. 40 – 50 thousand per month.
The company will provide 15 days training at Delhi, apart from which
they will also reimburse salary of one helper at the booth.
Interested ESM may contact HQ AWPO and PN, Delhi.
AMITY University (Manesar).
Vacancy available for Brig as Gen Manager Adm at AMITY University,
Manesar. Package 14 to 18 Lacs. For details contact HQ AWPO.
‘Garhwal Rifles War Memorial Boys & Girls Hostel’ at Dehradun
a major initiative for the welfare of serving and retiredsoldiers in
Uttarkhand, the COAS has approved construction of ‘Garhwal Rifles
War Memorial Boys and Girls Hostel’ at Dehradun. The project is
being funded with 50% contribution from the Central Welfare Fund of
AG’s Branch and the balance shared between Central Command, UB Area,
Uttarakhand Sub Area and Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre. The
construction has commenced on a 4.1 acre plot at Village Danda
Lakhaund on Shastradhara Road. A large No of children of serving
soldiers as well as ex servicemen will benefit from this hostel.
WORLD WAR I –
the First World War, the Indian troops made a mark for their loyalty
and bravery all over. They were in France at Sonne & Flanders and in
Turkey at Gallipoli & Cannakkale. Their fighting spirit and
camaraderie was of the highest order and won many a praise on all
fronts. The Indian Army lost over 62,000 Indian soldiers and another
67,000 were wounded, winning over 13 Victoria Crosses & 9,200 other
Gallantry Awards, a feat by itself. To commemorate the 100 years of
the Battle of World War I and the saga of sacrifice of the Indian
soldiers, a number of events have been planned in India and Europe
(Turkey, France & Belgium) which have already been kick started with
the 99th Anniversary of Cannakkale Land Battle in Turkey, on 24 Apr
2014, attended by ADG (C & W) & two Pipers from the SIKH Regt.