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SNIPPETS : MAY 2014
 

NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL AT NEW DELHI

 

Government Approval

 

  • The long standing demand of the Services for a National War Memorial, first mooted in the 1960s, has been approved by the Govt.

  • The Memorial will be organic to the India Gate vista; it will surround the main canopy or chhattri at the India Gate, and will list the names of innumerable soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.

  • The design of the Memorial is in the final stages. The process for approval of construction of National War Museum at the adjacent Princess Park area is also underway.

  • Mr Arun Jaitley, the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, was briefed on the site by the COAS on 01 June 2014.

STOP PRESS

 

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President, in his address to both Houses of the Parliament on 09 Jun 2014 confirmed the Government’s commitment to build a National War Memorial to honour the soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice for the Nation.

 

EMPLOYMENT OF RETIRED ARMY PERSONNEL BY
CHHATTISGARH GOVT

 

  • At the initiative of the COAS, the Chhattisgarh State Govt has agreed to employ retired officers including SSCOs/JCOs/NCOs.

 

  • These personnel will be employed on a contractual basis, as instructors in Counter Insurgency and Anti Terrorism (CIAT) training establishments and in Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) Battalions deployed in LWE infested areas, in the appointments of Commandants, Deputy Commandants, Assistant Commandants, JCOs and NCOs.

  • Pursuant to discussion by the COAS with the State Govt, the earlier package offered by the State Govt has been enhanced considerably as under :-

  • The initial contract will now be for 3 years.

  • Contractual pay offered is upto Rs 85,000 (for a Comdt), with an annual increment of 3%.

  • Pay will be in addition to pension being drawn by retired personnel.

  • Personnel will now be eligible for death/disability benefits, risk allowances, retiring gratuity, TA/DA, HRA, LTC and other entitlements as authorised to Chhattisgarh Police/CAPF.

  • The State Govt is also considering absorbing SSCOs into Chhattisgarh Police after a specified period of service and subject to meeting the QR laid down by the Chhattisgarh Police.

  • While selecting personnel, preference will be given to combat experience in CI/CT areas and gallantry award winners. Detailed instructions on vacancies, tenanting, QR and manner of employment are being issued by AG/PS-2 Directorate separately.

ESM WELFARE INITITATIVES

 

Project MILAP. Project MILAP was promulgated in Oct 13 with an aim to identify needy Veterans, Veer Naris and Widows at unit/ station level.

  • Implementation of the project was completed in Dec 13.

  • Gaps in implementation are being addressed by issue of an advisory to the environment.

  • Regimental Centres are being advised to issue necessary guidance to units for implementation of the project.

ESM Welfare. Presentation made to the Hon’ble RRM in Oct 13 to raise/reiterate outstanding issues concerning ESM Welfare and entitlements:-

 

  • Sainik Welfare to be included as a subject on the Concurrent List.

  • DESW should be headed by a retired three star Service Officer.

  • Secretary, Kendriya Sainik Board, which is currently tenanted by a Brigadier/equivalent, be upgraded to Major General/equivalent.

  • Monetary grant for gallantry awards and other ex-gratia disbursal should be brought at par for all states.

  • Undertake suitable measures to strengthen the Zila Sainik Boards in terms of their pay scales, authorisation of staff and institute performance audit.

MoD Committee on ESM Resettlement

 

  • A Coordination Committee chaired by the Secretary DESW, has been constituted to streamline resettlement training and opportunities in respect of ESM.

  • Tasked to formulate resettlement training programs and create job opportunities for ESM.

  • First meeting of the Committee held in Dec 13 to focus on compilation of ESM data.

 

AVGH PORTAL

 

ARMY VETERANS GRIEVANCE HANDLING PORTAL

 

The Indian Army is committed to the well being of Veterans, Widows and their dependents. Delivering care and compassion to the retired fraternity is an important area of focus in the Army.

Establishment of the Veterans Cell at the Army Headquarters has facilitated the redressal of grievances of our Veterans. However, with a view to provide an automated platform for redressal of grievances and improve satisfaction levels, an internet based portal to redress the grievances was conceived. http://www.indianarmyveterans.gov.in.

 

Consequently, the Army Veterans Grievance Handling Portal was launched by the COAS on 05 Jun 14. This portal provides a unique platform to upload grievances and allows the Veterans to be in direct contact with the concerned respondent (s). The Veterans can register from any of the ESM Cells and, thereafter, use the electronically generated user IDs and passwords to follow up their complaints from any internet portal.

 

Besides being bi-lingual, the portal provides access to Policy Letters, Form Downloads, related web links and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist veterans in the preparation of complaints / petitions. News items and publications of interest to the Veterans can also be viewed.

In case of any query, the System Manager at Veterans Cell can be contacted at 1800116644 or at veteranscell-army@nic.in.

 

VISITS & IMP EVENTS

 

COAS Visits HQ Eastern Command

 

The COAS visited Headquarters Eastern Command on 07 May 2014. Lt General MMS Rai, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command briefed the COAS on operational preparedness, security situation and the progress of infrastructure development in the Eastern Theatre. The COAS reiterated that Eastern Theatre will be given due importance including requisite thrust on development of infrastructure to support the troops deployed in the challenging and hostile terrain of the region. He also took stock of Corps raising. The COAS, thereafter, addressed the officers in the station, emphasising the need to uphold the core values of the Army and urged them to strengthen the work culture hinging on professional ethos.

 

GOC-in-C Eastern Command Visits Nagaland

 

Lt Gen MMS Rai, GOC-in-C Eastern Command visited Kohima on 20-21 May14. During the course of his visit, the GOC-in-C reviewed the security situation in Nagaland. He called on Dr Ashwani Kumar, Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland and discussed the steps being taken to further consolidate the security situation in Nagaland and development projects being undertaken by the Security Forces in the State. Furthermore, the Army Commander complimented all ranks of HQ IGAR(N) for their dedication and devotion to duty.

 

GOC-in-C South Western Command Visits Op Area

 

Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni, GOC-in-C, SAPTASHAKTI Command accompanied by Lt Gen PM Hariz, GOC CHETAK Corps and Maj Gen Anil P Dere, GOC RANBANKURA Division visited  KUMAON during the Division level exercise. The Army Commander was briefed on the operational role, tasks of the Battalion and activities conducted during the exercise. He appreciated the high standard of training, motivation and morale of the Battalion.

 

IN FOCUS

Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR Concludes

 

Exercise VAJRA PRAHAR concluded on 30 May 2014. Lt Gen Philip Campose,GOC-in-C Western Command, Lt Gen AK Bakshi, GOC Vajra Corps and other senior officers witnessed the annual exercise which was aimed at exercising military formations and units of the Corps in their designated operational roles. An important aim of the exercise was to achieve synergy of resources by integration of all combat elements, synchronised closely with operations of the Air Force. During the exercise, special emphasis was paid to jointness of Army-Air operations and as also towards achieving battle field transparency by employing large array of ground based and air borne sensors for surveillance. Fording and floatation operations, involving large columns of tanks and mechanised infantry units, across the rivers and canals and other obstacle systems were also successfully validated.

 

Exercise NAGRIK MADAD 2014

 

Exercise NAGRIK MADAD, a standalone exercise was conducted by the Headquarters Eastern Command at Barrackpore on 30 Mar to practice mobilisation, response and deployment drills of Quick Reaction Teams (QRT), Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMT) and co-opted troops in rendering aid to civil authorities when incidents involving hazardous materials are perpetuated by terrorists. Lt Gen Raman Dhawan, GOC Bengal Area reviewed the preparedness and conduct of the exercise. The exercise saw experts from Indian Army put together their experience to arrive at workable contingency plans with the representatives of civil administration.

 

GARH RIF Wins Cambrian Patrol Selection Trials

 

Cambrian Patrol is an exclusive patrolling exercise conducted by the British Army annually. The Cambrian Patrol Selection Trials 2014 were held at Junior Leaders Wing, Belgaum from 25 Mar to 05 Apr 2014. A total of 13 teams, two from each Command and one from Andaman Nicobar Command participated in these trials. All teams displayed high standards of professional acumen and performed exceedingly well with great spirit and motivation.  GARH RIF from Northern Command won the Selection Trials 2014 and GR stood second.

 

NORTH EAST DIARY

 

Summary of Operations for the Month of May 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. 09 terrorists were killed, 97 apprehended and 30 surrendered to the SF during the period. In addition 16 OGWs of various outfits have also been apprehended. 132 weapons of all types were recovered during the period apart from recovery of 09 bombs/IEDs/grenades which could have otherwise caused fatal casualties to civilians and SF.

 

Assam Rifles Distributes Knitting Machines

 

Assam Rifles, in coordination with Engineer Regiment, distributed weaving machines to Vocational Training Centre (VTC), Molvom Village as part of OP SADBHAVANA on 26 May. The project was aimed at enhancing the vocational skills in weaving and knitting in the locality of Molvom thereby empowering the locals to earn a viable livelihood. The VTC Molvom, Village Council and locals expressed their gratitude and lauded the endeavours of Assam Rifles.

 

NCC Group Commanders’ Conference at Shillong

 

A three day NCC Group Commanders’ Conference, North Eastern Region was held at Shillong from 07 to 09 May 2014. The conference was chaired by Major General U S Dadu, Additional Director General, NCC. The Conference was attended by eight Group Commanders from the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur. While speaking at the conference, the ADG informed that NCC would be upgrading 18 minor units to NCC Battalions with 3520 cadets. The ADG directed all the Group Commanders to encourage all cadets to undertake social activities by adoption of villages, tree plantation, disaster relief etc to contribute to the growth of the Nation.

 

Assam Rifles Observes ‘World Environment Day’

 

HQ Sect AR in coordination with environment conscious public, Village Council Members, school children and NCC Cadets of Dimapur organised a tree plantation drive on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’ on 05 June. The event commenced with planting of sapling in presence of villagers of Kashiram, Langrijan and Kachari Gaon. NCC Cadets from Govt College, Dimapur and students from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, also planted saplings. The plantation drive is a step to spread awareness and contribute towards a better environment.

 

JAMMU AND KASHMIR DIARY

 

Army Douses Fire in Pahalgam

 

A massive fire broke out in Pahalgam, at approximately 7 PM on 9 Jun 14 ngulfing Hotel Poornima, Hotel Aap Ki Rasoi, adjoining shops and other buildings nearby. Army personnel deployed in Pahalgam and Phraslun for Shri Amarnath Yatra immediately responded with all available emergency and fire fighting resources and reached the site within minutes. The soldiers immediately marshalled both Army and civil resources and brought some semblance of order in the ensuing chaos. The jawans entered burning buildings with total disregard to their safety and removed LPG cylinders, thereby preventing any major loss of life and minimising the overall damage.

 

Promising Students Given Tablet PCs by RR

 

Shazia,15 years and Raheena, 15 years, both from Bagga village in the Mahore Tehsil of Reasi District were presented with Tablet PCs by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Battalion on 8 May. Both girls were identified as promising students with a strong urge to pursue higher studies. The village elders and teachers of the area had recently approached the RR Battalion to assist the two girls in their pursuit for academic excellence. In a heartwarming gesture the local Rashtriya Rifles unit assured all possible assistance to the girls and gifted them a Tablet PC each.

 

ESM Mela at Bhadarwah

 

HQ CIF (Delta) organised an Ex-servicemen Mela at Bhadarwah on 05 June 2014 for Ex-servicemen and Veer Naris from districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban. The event was inaugurated by Maj General A K Sharma, GOC, CIF (Delta). The event also witnessed a huge gathering of students from the region. A total of 4000 people including 354 Ex-servicemen and 40 Veer Naris/ widows attended the Mela. The Mela included dog show, weapon display and band display. The stalls for screening of heart patients, mobile dental van and MI Room provided the much needed medical assistance to the locals. Other stalls included games, CSD/Non CSD, Op Sadhbhavana, Banks, Sainik School, free saplings distribution stall and info stalls.

 

NEWS PANORAMA

 

ARTRAC Army Commanders’ Conclave

 

The ARTRAC Army Commanders’ Conclave was held at Shimla from 10 to 12 May 2014. Former Generals JJ Singh and Deepak Kapoor, and former ARTRAC Army Commanders Lt Generals AS Kalkat, SK Sharma, Vijay Oberoi, HB Kala, K Nagaraj, KS Jamwal, ML Naidu, BS Jaswal and AS Lamba attended the Conclave. In the course of this path breaking onclave, a seminar on ‘Leadership – The Way Ahead’’ was conducted, wherein views and experiences were exchanged with the old guard. A Special Sainik Sammelan was also organised to commemorate the Conclave. The Conclave also witnessed a mellifluous concert by the Indian Army Symphony Orchestra and a musical evening by Mrs Neeharika Naidu, wife of Lt Gen ML Naidu (Retd), former Army Commander of ARTRAC.

 

Online Medicine Inventory Management System Launched in MB Area

 

An Online Medicine Inventory Management System was inaugurated by Lt Gen R K Rana, GOC Madhya Bharat (MB) Area at Military Hospital Jabalpur, on 19 Apr 14. The system will automate the process of receipt, issue and demand of medicines and medical stores. All senior officers of Jabalpur Station embraced the occasion and appreciated the established system. GOC, MB Area complimented 1 Signal Training Centre for coordinating the development and implementation of the system at Military Hospital, Jabalpur.

 

APS Clement Town Renovated

 

The new premises of the Army Public School, Clement Town Dehradun were inaugurated by Lt Gen Philip Campose, GOC-in-C Western Command on 06 Jun 2014. Also present on this occasion were Lt Gen RP Sahi, GOC Corps and Maj Gen Manoj Oka, GOC RAPID(S). Army Public School, Clement Town, Dehradun came into existence in the year 1980 and was so far functioning in an adhoc building. The new building has been constructed in a record time with ‘state of art’ facilities for education and sports, along with multiple avenues for extra and co-curricular activities. Lt Gen Philip Campose, in his inaugural address, emphasized the importance of education and highlighted the important role being played by Army schools and vocational institutions in empowering Army children.

 

RAISING DAYS

 

The Chetak Corps Celebrated its 35th Raising Day on 25 Apr 2014

Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Celebrated its 54th Raising Day

on 07 May 14

The Sudarshan Chakra Corps Celebrated its 24th Raising Day on 18 May 14

Lt Gen KH Singh, GOC Having Tea with Troops on the Occasion of 26th

 Raising Day on 01 Jun 14

Army College of Nursing (ACN), Jalandhar Cantt Celebrated its 9th Annual Day on 03 May 14

A Punjab Unit celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 01 Apr 14

 

Appraisal of Project SANJAY

 

Lt Gen JP Nehra, DCOAS (IS&T) visited BEL Central Research Laboratory, at Ghaziabad to review the progress of software development in respect of the Battlefield Surveillance System (Project SANJAY) on 05 May 2014 in the presence of Shri SK Sharma CMD BEL, Maj Gen RP Bhadran, ADG IS (A), Brig GS Aul, DDG PMO BSS and all officers of PMO BSS. The DCOAS (IS&T) complimented the developer team of M/S BEL and the officers of PMO BSS on the progress and was sanguine that a state of the art, futuristic system would be developed and delivered to the Indian Army.

 

Commissioning of Nursing Officers at Lucknow

 

The morning of 2nd June witnessed 20 dynamic nursing probationers passing out as Lieutenants into Military Nursing Services after successful completion of the rigorous GNM Course at Command Hospital Lucknow. Maj Gen MK Mukherjee reviewed the ceremony organised at Shivam Auditorium of Command Hospital. Lt Jimi Joseph was the proud recipient of Army Commander’s Silver Medal as also Commandant’s Rolling Trophy and SP Arora Rolling Trophy for being first in over all order of merit and being adjudged best in academics along with best outgoing student nurse respectively. Lt Nirmal was adjudged best bedside student nurse while Lt Col Paul Tresa Suji was felicitated for being the best clinical nurse at the Command Hospital.

 

SDS Track And Trace Application Launched

 

SDS Track & Trace, an online tracking application hosted on Army Intranet was launched at 1 CBPO on 11 Apr 2014 by Lt Gen Om Prakash, QMG in presence of Maj Gen AK Shori, Addl DG APS. This facility allows the users to trace delivery status of registered SDS articles by entering article number assigned to the article at the time of booking. This will be available for the registered articles booked and deliverable in FPOs of Army, Command and Corps HQs in first phase.

 

SPORTS & ADVENTURE

 

GTC Wins the Area Boxing Championship

 

GTC pugilists won the prestigious Area Boxing Championship for the year 2014-15. The Championship was conducted under the aegis of Area for ten days commencing 26 April 2014. In the keenly contested boxing events, GTC emerged victorious by winning 07 bouts in the finals with overall 33 points. Assam Regimental Centre (ARC) stood Runners-Up with overall 19 points. Havildar Suraj Sunar of 58 GTC was adjudged as the Best Boxer of the Championship and Naik Sanaton Singh of ARC was adjudged as the Best Loser of the Championship.

 

Summer Adventure Camp at Central Command

 

A Summer Adventure Camp for children of serving and retired soldiers of Indian Army, was organised at Lansdowne from 03 to 10 Jun under the aegis of Central Command. Approximately 250 children of seven states of Central Command were given an unique opportunity to spend a week in tents in the adventure camp, close to the picturesque foothills of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. The children were involved in trekking, shooting, photography, rock craft, bird watching, survival techniques, navigation, art and craft etc. While participating in varied adventure activities, the children learnt new skill sets apart from imbibing the spirit of team work, cohesiveness along with decision making ability, thus enhancing their self confidence. Activities also included social work, community service & interaction with Gallantry award winners who shared their experiences.

 

Madhya Bharat Area X-Country Championship

 

Madhya Bharat (MB) Area Cross Country Championship 2014 was held at Army Education Corps Training College & Centre, Pachmarhi on 17 May 2014. In a resolute display of endurance and perseverance, the Cross Country team of 1 Signal Training Centre (1 STC) stood first in the competition, with its athletes securing the first three positions. Lance Naik Amrutraj Chavan of 1 STC stood first in the run followed by Havildar O Sanaton Singh and Signalman Suleman who secured second and third positions respectively.

 

IMPROVEMENTS IN ECHS

 

E-x Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) was instituted as a health care measure for our Veterans in 2003. Some recent initiatives to bolster this service are listed below :-

  • Expansion of ECHS. 161 out of 199 newly sanctioned Polyclinics have been made functional. 15 new Regional Centres have also been sanctioned and operationalised.

  • Authorisation of Additional Contractual Staff in ECHS Polyclinics. Due to critical deficiencies experienced in authorisation of contractual staff to ECHS Polyclinics, a case was taken up to revise the authorisation, on the lines of the staffing norms approved for Central Govt Health Scheme (CGHS). The Govt has sanctioned 1709 additional contractual staff to ECHS Polyclinics.

  • Increase in Financial Powers for Hiring of Accommodation. In view of the increase in rental values, financial powers of various CFAs for hiring of buildings for use as ECHS Polyclinics needed enhancement. Accordingly, financial powers for hiring were enhanced for Station Cdrs from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh in Aug 2013. Sanction has also been accorded for extension of time limit for hiring buildings for ECHS Polyclinics up to 2016.

  • Increase in Financial Powers of Competent Financial Authority (CFAs) for Sanctioning ‘On-line’ Billing. ‘On-line’ billing has commenced at 10 Regional Centres, thus enabling expeditious processing and clearance of hospital bills. For early finalisation and payment of bills, the financial powers of CFAs were enhanced. ‘In-principle’ approval of the Deptt of ESW has been accorded for extending ‘on-line’ billing facilities to the remaining 18 regional entres.

  • Acquisition of Land/Construction of Polyclinics. Polyclinic buildings have been constructed at 134 of the 383 functional Polyclinics and construction is in progress at 28 locations. Land has been acquired at 203 locations, including the above 134 locations and action is underway to construct buildings at the remaining locations at the earliest.

  • Extension of ECHS Benefits to World War II (WW-II) Veterans. Presently most of the World War-II Veterans and their dependents do not qualify for the ECHS. A case has now been taken up with MoD to extend ECHS facilities to all the World War-II veterans and their dependents.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO UNITS

 

Grant– Newly Raised Units

 

In order to assist newly raised units in their raising requirements, financial assistance is provided by the AG’s Branch at Army HQ. The older scales of assistance ranged between Rs 52 to 75 per capita. Keeping in mind the present requirements the scales have been enhanced as under:-

 

  • Minor Units

  • Strength upto 200 : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 75,000/-

  • Strength upto 201 to 400 : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 1,50,000/-

  • Maj Units

  • Strength upto 401-800 : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 3,00,000.

  • Strength above 801 : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 3,50,000.

  • Brigade HQ/Sect HQ : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 3,00,000.

  • Div HQ/CIF HQ : Rs 3,00,000/-.

 

Increase in Silver/Golden Jubilee Grant to Units

 

  • Army Units celebrate Silver and Golden Jubilees with a sense of profound pride. It was felt that the financial assistance being provided from welfare funds to the units for these celebrations was inadequate to meet the aspirations of the units.

  • Accordingly, Silver Jubilee Grant has been enhanced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1 Lakh & Golden Jubilee Grant from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 Lakh with effect from 23 Sep 2013.

HR POLICY INITIATIVES

 

Policy on Foreign Assignments

  • The policy on nomination of Offrs on foreign assignments has been revised duly incorporating amendments issued from time to time.

  • Policy provisions have been refined in consonance with the requirements of the Army to subscribe to such assignments.

  • Promotion Zone ban on Offrs in the rank of Lt Col has been removed.

  • Medical criteria for foreign assignments other than UN missions have been relaxed.

  • Other issues that have been addressed in the revision including ban period, service liability, screening procedure etc.

Posting Guidelines for Re-employed Officers

 

  • A comprehensive policy on management of postings of Re- Employed Officers in the rank of Col has been issued.

  • A re-employed officer will first serve an Organisational Leg followed by a Choice Leg at a station chosen by the Officer.

  • As an incentive, Officers serving in unpopular stations in Organisational Leg will serve 60% of their re-employed service in Choice Leg, as compared to 50% applicable otherwise.

Enhancing Awareness and Transparency

 
  • MS Branch Compendium, comprising three volumes has been issued upto HQ Corps/Areas. Guidelines for writing CRs have been promulgated upto HQ Comds. In addition, a handbook on essential MS matters, which should be known to a YO, is being issued to all YOs on commissioning. Soft copy of the above documents is available on MS web.

  • MS Branch Seminar was conducted in Mar 14 for greater awareness and participation of environment.

  • A familiarisation visit for an external team of Officers was conducted in Apr 14.

  • Orientation capsules are regularly organised for all newly posted MS Branch Officers of various HQ Comd and Corps.

  • A interactive feature termed “My Space” has been installed on MS Web, through which Officers in the environment can send queries and seek replies from MS Branch.

  • Besides the above measures, MS interactions at various stations are being conducted at an enhanced scale.

Posting on Compassionate Ground : Officers, JCOs/OR with Disabled Children

 
  • Large No of Officers/JCOs/OR who have differently abled children require to be posted to a station with medical facilities for an extended duration for specialist treatment.

  • Such Officers/JCOs/OR can apply for posting to a location where Asha Schools with facilities and faculty are available.

Important Links

 
  • Indian Army Website : indianarmy.nic.in

  • Joining Indian Army : joinindianarmy.nic.in

  • Ex-Servicemen Portal : indianarmyveterans.gov.in

  • Pensioner Issues : pcdapension.nic.in

  • Army Placement Organisation : exarmynaukri.com

  • Directorate General of Resettlement : dgr.india.com

  • Health Schemes : echs.gov.in

      
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