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A PIONEERING INITIATIVE - SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Genesis

 

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.

 

Twitter

 

Indian 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, India.

 

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 follow @adgpi.

 

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.

 

Facebook

 

Adding another feather in its cap on 15 May 13, Indian Army’s Facebook Page was Launched “Adgpi.Indianarmy”. The page has been verified by Facebook Inc.

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 Social Media

 

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 INITIATIVES

 

Introduction of New Items

 

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 satisfaction.


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 user satisfaction.

 

Comb T-Shirt

 

Govt Sanction for two comb T-Shirts for all troops of the Indian Army received.


Life of T Shirt fixed at 18 months.


Procurement in progress.

 

Contracts

 

Time 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 24,000 Cr.

 

Pilot Project on OG Cloth

 

Govt 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.

 

Ammunition Procurement

 

Pragmatic Road Map identified to make up deficiencies in ammunition.


Steps initiated to make up 50 % WWR ammunition by 2015 and 100% by 2019.

 

MEDICAL & HEALTH CARE UPDATE

 

Medical Services

 

Cardio 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.

 

Dental Services

 

Role 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 deployment.


Welfare of Veterans Establishment of Nodal Centres at each Command Military Dental Centre to cater for requirements of the veterans.


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.

 

IN FOCUS

 

Visit of COAS to ASC Centre (North) Bangalore

 

On 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 Sector

 

A 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 militaries.

 

Inauguration of Dare Devils Motivation Hall-Jabalpur

 

A “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

 

Conduct 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 SF.

 

Trishakti Corps Commander Calls on Governor of Sikkim

 

Trishakti 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

 

22 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 DIARY

 

Surgical Eye Camp at Military Hospital

 

A 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 recovery.

 

Tiger Hill Brigade Dedicates Op Sahyog to Awam-Kargil

 

As 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

 

On 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

 

Two 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 Championship

 

7th 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 Pistol event.

 

Trekking cum Skiing Camp at Sinthan Maidan-Kishtwar

 

Delta 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 Division.
 

 

Western Command Army Commander’s Banner Presentation 2013-14

 

The 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 Competitions.

 

Engg Sp Initiatives by Chinar Corps EME

 

As 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

 

274 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 UN Missions.

 

ESM RALLIES/NEWS PANORAMA

 

Ex-Serviceman Milan Samaroh- Gurgaon

 

Living 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.

 

Rising Star Ex-Servicemen Interaction, Yol Cantt

 

More 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

 

A 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 three phases.

 

AWWA INTERFACE

 

Annual Day Organised at Jalandhar

 

Army 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

 

Mrs 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 Screening Camp

 

Mrs 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 this occasion.

 

WELFARE MEASURES - VETERANS

 

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’ basis.


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 Lucknow.

 

Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) based Veterans Helpline

 

An 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.

 

Defence Pension Adalats (DPA)

 

Revitalisation 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

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS OF FIELD MARSHAL SAM MANEKSHAW

 

03 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'.

 

The 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 14

 

WELFARE INITIATIVES

 

Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO)

 

Renault 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:-

  • Drivers.

  • 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.

 

Construction Of ‘Garhwal Rifles War Memorial Boys & Girls Hostel’ at Dehradun

 

In 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 – COMMEMORATION CEREMONY

 

During 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.

      
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