NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
AT NEW DELHI
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
Mr Arun Jaitley, the Hon’ble
Raksha Mantri, was briefed on the site by the COAS on 01 June
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
At the initiative of the COAS, the
Chhattisgarh State Govt has agreed to employ retired officers
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.
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
Contractual pay offered is
upto Rs 85,000 (for a Comdt), with an annual increment of
Pay will be in addition to
pension being drawn by retired personnel.
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
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
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.
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.
ARMY VETERANS GRIEVANCE
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.
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.
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
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
In case of any
query, the System Manager at Veterans Cell can be contacted at
1800116644 or at
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
GOC-in-C Eastern Command Visits
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.
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
GARH RIF Wins Cambrian Patrol
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
ARTRAC Army Commanders’
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:-
Strength upto 200 : Rs 375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs
Strength upto 201 to 400 : Rs
375/- per capita subject to a max of Rs 1,50,000/-
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
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.
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
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
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.
capsules are regularly organised for all newly posted MS Branch
Officers of various HQ Comd and Corps.
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
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.
can apply for posting to a location where Asha Schools with
facilities and faculty are available.
Indian Army Website :
Joining Indian Army :
Ex-Servicemen Portal :
Pensioner Issues :
Army Placement Organisation :
Directorate General of
Resettlement : dgr.india.com
Health Schemes : echs.gov.in