WESTERN COMMAND FOR THE PEOPLE

 

 

AID TO CIVIL AUTHORITY

 

 

RESCUE OPERATIONS IN PUH (HP)

 

In Jun 2013, due to the severe disruption in road and communication network, a large number of civillians including tourists were stranded at various locations near Puh in Himachal Pradesh. As there was no immediate relief by the civilian administration the Army was called in and provided all possible assistance in the form of medicines, rations, accomodation, electricity supply, communication facilities and evacuation to safer places. Approximately 739 civilians were evacuated to safer places and 825 personnel provided with free meals for the duration of the relief operations.

The Army deployed seven flood relief columns in the affected areas and established flood monitoring detachments at Lepcha, Sumdo, Khab, Karcham and Jakhri to monitor the water levels in Satluj, Parechu and Spiti Rivers. Also, a number of patrols were launched to search and rescue stranded civilians in the remote areas.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

OPERATION SAHAYATA

In June 2013 as an aftermath of the flash floods in Kedarnath, the Indian Army was pressed into service for relief operations as part of the coordinated national response to the natural disaster. The Army deployed its frontline helicopters which included four state-of-the-art Dhruv (Advanced Light Helicopter) helicopters. The helicopters undertook 527 sorties and were instrumental in evacuation of approximately 3,000 persons. More than 33,000 kgs of food, water, medicines and fuel was airlifted. Squadron provided the logistical support to establish staging areas for the evacuees.
On 18 Nov 2013, the Squadron was awarded ‘Humanitarian Service Award’ by Rotary Wing Society of India for their unparalleled rapid response for disaster relief operations.

 

 

KALEIDOSCOPE OF DISASTER RELIEF OPERATIONS


 











 

 

 

 

OPERATION SADBHAVNA

 

 

1. Indian Army has been making earnest efforts to win hearts and minds of people of Jammu and Kashmir through “Operation SADBHAVANA” by launching several welfare activities and projects to improve the quality of life and provide basic infrastructure to the locals. Within Western Command, Rising Star Corps is the only formation undertaking multifarious development projects in remote areas as part of Operation SADBHAVANA. This gesture has not only provided better quality of life but also generated employment for the residents in these areas.


2. In sync with overall aim, focus of Operation SADBHAVANA activities has been on the following essential facets: -

 

(a) Development and improvement of infrastructure.

(b) Providing educational facilities and improving education infrastructure.

(c) Imparting health education and provision of medical facilities.

(d) Conduct of National Integration Tours for young minds of remote areas.

(e) Winning hearts and minds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONDUCT OF MEDICAL CAMP AND CONSTRUCTION OF CLASS ROOM

 

3.   Project ‘Shiksha Sahyog’ is a flagship project under Operation SADBHAVNA in the Corps. The Project provides scholarship to cover tuition, boarding and lodging facilities to selected needy students of Jammu and Kashmir. These students are sourced from terrorism affected families in the State who do not have the financial means to ensure suitable education for their children. Good education is an appropriate measure to promote development and wean away misguided youth from the lure of anti-national and illegal activities. A yeoman service, this also provides opportunity to the Indian Army to wean the students away from the agents of the terrorists organisation who are recruiting the local youth of the State towards their cause. A total of 18 boys and 18 girls are being covered under the project as ‘residential’ and ‘day scholars’ respectively.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHIKSHA SAHYOG

 

4. In financial year 2012-13, 37 projects amounting to Rs 195.30 lakh were executed. A number of projects are at hand in the current financial year to meet the aspirations of the local populace.

 

NATIONAL INTEGRATION TOURS TO
AMRITSAR AND DEHRADUN

 

UPGRADATION OF GOVT GIRLS SCHOOL VILL MAWA

 

PROVISION OF SOLAR LIGHTS

PROVISION OF IT PERIPHERALS

PROVISION OF MOTIVATIONAL KIT

 

Mega Veterans Rally. A mega Veterans Rally was org at PMS (Averipatti), Rampur on 08 Apr 18 under the aegis of HQ Western Comd. The rally witnessed an overwhelming response with a total of 796 ESM, Veer Naris and ESM Widows along with 250 dependents from far flung and remote areas of Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti dists. During the rally, 160 Veer Naris and ESM Widows were felicitated. The mega med camp and 55 stalls viz Records, ARO, ECHS etc were greatly appreciated by the Veterans. The rally finally concluded with a community lunch.