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Dr Jitendra Singh delivers the 47th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh delivered the prestigious 47th Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Lecture here today. Dr Jitendra Singh said a series of pro-farmer, pro-poor and pro-soldier schemes rolled out by the Union Government are a tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s commitment towards the downtrodden, the lower-strata, the farmer (Kisan) and the soldier (Jawan).

Providing data, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that in the year 2016, over Rs. 3,66,64,000 farmers were covered under the newly launched Pradhan Mantri Kisan Bima Yojana and up to 31st December 2016, Rs.13,536 crore had already been dispensed. Similarly, under the Soil Health Card scheme for farmers, the Union Government has sanctioned 460 Soil Testing Labs and Rs. 216.37 crore has already been released under Soil Health Card scheme, he said. Not only this, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also laid emphasis on scientific aspects of farming and agriculture. As a result, in the 2016-17 Union Budget, Rs. 650 crore was allocated for agriculture education in contrast to only Rs. 405 crore in 2013-14. He also referred to the Government order of making 100% Neem-coated Urea mandatory from December 2015 and the organic farming mission for the Northeast.

Referring to various welfare measures for military and paramilitary personnel, Dr Jitendra Singh highlighted the “One Rank, One Pension” (OROP) scheme for which over Rs. 11,000 crore had been earmarked and over Rs. 6,500 crore already dispensed. He also referred to provisions brought in for the superannuated soldiers by holding job fairs and special recruitment drives, as a result of which 1,416 officers and 62,415 junior-level army personnel were reemployed between May 2014 and April 2016.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, the historic decision of surgical strike raised the morale and esteem of the Indian soldier, while the other historic decision of ‘Remonetization’ added to the confidence and esteem of the farmer and the poor. He said the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also vindicated Lal Bahadur Shastri’s forgotten legacy of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”. Dr Jitendra Singh said, under Shri Narendra Modi’s leadership, the Government also commemorated the contribution towards nation building of unsung heroes of contemporary India.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Shri Parsottambhai Rupala also spoke on the occasion.



Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS reviews Indian Navy’s Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (Tropex 2017)

Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM AVSM ADC Chief of the Naval Staff embarked ships of the Indian Fleet (both Western & Eastern) over the last two days to review the ongoing Annual Theatre level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX) 2017 which is presently underway since 24 Jan 17. The CNS was accompanied by General Bipin Rawat UYSM AVSM YSM SM VSM Chief of the Army Staff and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra PVSM AVSM VSM ADC Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.

The CNS witnessed a host of exercises viz. Gunnery shoots, Surface to Air missile engagements, Brahmos firing and operations of the combined Fleet in a complex multi threat environment including sub surface and air threats. The high-point of the exercise was Large Force Engagement (LFE) by the Fleet units against threat simulated by air element from Indian Air Force comprising AWACS, SU 30s, Jaguars and IL 78 (AAR). These threats emanated from different directions and were neutralised by using Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile capabilities of MiG 29Ks, the integral air arm of the Indian Navy, operating from INS Vikramaditya in coordination with other Fleet units. All these exercises validated the combat effectiveness of IN platforms.

The CNS during his address to the Fleet congratulated the men for keeping the fleet combat ready at all times and executing all assigned tasks in a most professional manner. CNS also mentioned that training during peacetime has to be at par with how we would Fight during war and emphasised on taking bold decisions with due cognisance to risks involved and ensuring safety of men and material.

TROPEX 2017 is a month long exercise/ war drill, encompassing all dimensions of maritime warfare and is witnessing participation of over 60 ships, 05 submarines and more than 70 naval aircraft. It also includes participation of a large number of assets from the Indian Air Force, such as Su-30 and Jaguar fighters, AWACS, C 130J Hercules and in-flight refuelling aircraft, Infantry amphibious elements from Indian Army and ships/ aircraft from the Indian Coast Guard.

The area of operations for TROPEX 2017 exercise spans across the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea and North Central Indian Ocean and serves as an opportunity to validate the Indian Navy’s Concepts of Operation.

As a part of the exercise, niche capabilities of the Marine Commandoes (MARCOs) and Army Special Forces, including Airborne Assault and Combat Free Fall were undertaken from IAF C-130 aircraft. Naval forces, while enforcing sea and airspace control all around the affected islands, undertook beaching and heli-borne operations for landing of follow-on forces. The exercise culminated with restoration of sovereign control over the affected islands, by the Armed Forces. During debrief of the exercise, CNS and COAS discussed various options to further enhance the effectiveness of the joint exercise.

TROPEX 17 assumes special significance in the backdrop of the current security scenario, being aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen inter-operability and joint operations in a complex environment.


Coas Rechristened Army Parade Ground as ‘Cariappa Parade Ground’


            Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, dedicated a statue of Field Marshal K M Cariappa at the Army Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and rechristened the parade ground as “Cariappa Parade Ground” today. 

 It is customary in the Indian Army that parade grounds are named after eminent military personalities and war heroes. Army Parade Ground at Delhi Cantonment has been rechristened as Cariappa Parade Ground in the memory of Field Marshal KM Cariappa, the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. The Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment is one of the largest and most prominent parade grounds of the country. 


Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


Visit of Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC to Air Bases in Jammu and Kashmir from 02 to 03 feb 17

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC is on a two day visit to air bases in Jammu and Kashmir. On his arrival at AF Stn Awantipur, he addressed all personnel and inspected the operational readiness of the base. During the interaction with the personnel, the CAS complemented all Air Warriors for maintaining the highest level of professionalism. Accompanying the CAS, Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association, interacted with the families of service personnel and applauded them for the untiring support they have provided to their husbands. The Chief of the Air Staff is also visiting AF Station Srinagar on 03 Feb 2017. He would be interacting with Senior Army Officials at BB Cantt in Srinagar. Having led a fighter Sqn from Srinagar Air Field during the Kargil Operations, he is well familiar with the lay of the land and the operating environment.


COAS visits Headquarters ARTRAC

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff visited Headquarters Army Training Command at Shimla today on a farewell visit prior to relinquishing office in the end of the year.


During the visit, he addressed all Officers of the station, highlighting the existing and emerging security and management challenges. He also gave an insight into the numerous steps being taken by the Army in all spheres, for its continued development and growth. While interacting with the troops, he urged them to dedicate themselves to the nation and maintain the highest tradition of the Indian Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


English rendering of the text of PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on All India Radio on 29.01.2017

English rendering of the text of PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address on All India Radio on 29.01.2017

My fellow citizens, my namaskar to all of you! 26th January, our Republic Day was celebrated with joy and enthusiasm in every nook and corner of the nation by all of us. The Constitution of India, the duties of citizens, the rights of citizens and our commitment to democracy - these in a way make Republic Day also a festival of ‘sanskaars’, which makes our future generations cognizant of democracy and their democratic responsibilities, and also imparts to them the culture, moral values and norms inherent in our democracy. But still in our country, the duties and rights of citizens are not being debated and discussed as intensively and extensively as it should be done. I hope that the amount of emphasis that is given to the rights at every level during most of the time, is also given to discussing duties of citizens in an emphatic manner. The rights and duties of the citizens constitute the railway track, on which the train of democracy in India can move ahead at a fast pace.

Tomorrow is 30th January, the death anniversary of our revered Bapu. All of us pay tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the motherland, by observing silence for 2 minutes at 11 am on 30th January. As a society, as a nation, the 2 minute tribute of silence on 30th January at 11 am, should become our instinctive nature. This 2 minutes silence is an expression of our collective resolve and reverence for the martyrs.

In our country there is an innate respect for the military and the security forces. I congratulate and felicitate the young heroes and their families who were honoured with various gallantry awards on the eve of this Republic Day. There are various categories of these gallantry awards like Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Vishisht Seva Medal and Param Vishisht Seva Medal. I want to urge the youth especially that since you are very active on social media, you can do one thing. Surf the Net to do some research on the valiant bravehearts, who have been bestowed with these honours, compose a few good lines about them and share these with your friends and companions. When we get to know the in depth details of their courage, bravery, valour in detail, we are filled with astonishment and pride and we also get inspired!

While we were all delighted with the tidings of enthusiasm and celebration of 26th January, at the same time, some of our army Jawans posted in Kashmir for the defense of the country, achieved martyrdom due to the avalanche. I respectfully pay my homage to all these brave soldiers, I bow to them.

My young friends, you know very well that I regularly do my ‘Mann Ki Baat’. January, February, March, April – all these are for every family, months of most severe test! Normally it is one or two children in a home due to appear at their exams, but the entire family feels the burden of it. This led me to believe that this is the right time for me to talk to my student friends, their guardians and their teachers, because for many years now, wherever I have gone, whomsoever I have met, examination appeared to be a great source of anxiety. Troubled families, harassed students, tense teachers – one sees a very strange psychological atmosphere prevailing in each home! And I have always felt that we should come out of this situation and, therefore, today I want to talk in some detail with my young friends. When I’d declared that I would talk on this topic, many teachers, guardians and students sent me their messages, questions, suggestions and also expressed their anguish and narrated their problems. And after going through all these outpourings, some ideas came to my mind, which I want to share with you today. I received a telephonic message from Srishti. You too listen to what Srishti has to say: -

“Sir, I want to tell you that during exam time, very often in our homes, in the neighbourhood and in our society, a very terrifying and scary atmosphere pervades. This leads to a situation, where the students instead of feeling inspired feel tremendously down. So I just want to ask you this, can’t this be transformed into a pleasant atmosphere?”

Well, the question has been posed by Srishti, but it is a question that must be there in the minds of all of you. Exams in themselves, should be a joyous occasion. After a year of hard work, one has the opportunity to display one’s capabilities, so this should be a festival of joy and enthusiasm. But there are very few people for whom there is pleasure in the exam; for most people exam means pressure! Now, it is up to you to decide whether you consider the exams pleasure or pressure. Those who will consider it a pleasure, will have achievements, while those who will consider exams a pressure, will have to repent. And therefore my opinion is that exams are like a festival and, hence, must be celebrated. And when there is a festive mood of celebration, the best within us comes out. The true realisation of the strength of a society also takes place during festivals. The best of everything finds a manifestation. Usually, we think of ourselves as a highly undisciplined lot, but if we just look at the arrangements made during the Kumbh Melas, which are celebrated for about 40-45 days, these despite being essentially make-shift arrangements, display the great discipline practised by people. This is the inherent strength of a festival. Hence, during examinations too, an atmosphere of festivity should be created in the whole family, amongst friends and around the neighbourhood. And you will see for yourself, that the pressure will be converted into pleasure. The festive atmosphere will lead to a burden-free environment. And I especially urge the parents to create a festive atmosphere during these 3-4 months. All the family members have to work as a team and play with zeal their respective roles to make this festival of examination a success. You will witness for yourself the ensuing change. Actually from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Kamrup and from Amreli to Arunachal Pradesh, these 3-4 months have examinations galore. It is the responsibility of each one of us that in our own ways, observing our respective traditions and in tune with our respective family surroundings, we should strive to transform every year these 3-4 months into a festival. And therefore I shall say to you 'Smile More Score More'! The more time these days you will spend being happy, the more will be the number of marks you will earn! Just try and see for yourselves! And you must have noticed that when you are happy, you are smiling, you become relaxed automatically, and when you relax instinctively, you’re able to recollect very old things also quite effortlessly! A year ago, what the teacher had taught in the classroom, the whole scenario reappears in front of you. And you must know that the power of memory to recall is greatest when we are relaxed. If you are tense, then all the doors seem to be closed, nothing can enter from outside and nothing can come out from inside. The thought process comes to a standstill and that in itself becomes a burden. You must have seen for yourself that during the examinations also, you’re able to recall everything else - the book, the chapter, the page number, whether what you want is there on the top of the page or at its bottom, you can recall everything but not the particular word you want to. But as soon as you finish the examination and exit from the examination hall, suddenly you recollect that very word. And you say to yourself – Yes, Man, that was the word I wanted! Why you could not remember the word inside the hall, was due to the pressure. And how you could recall it outside? It was the same you, nobody had now told you the answer! What happened was that whatever was inside, came out immediately and the reason was that you were now relaxed. And therefore the most effective medicine that exists for memory recall is relaxation. And it is by my own personal experience that I’m telling you that if you’re under pressure then you forget even your own things but if you are relaxed, then you can’t even imagine the kind of things you are able to remember, and these become extremely useful. It is not that you do not have the knowledge, it is not that you do not have the information, and it is not that you have not worked hard! But when there is tension, your knowledge, your wisdom, your information – all these buckle under and the tension rides over you. And therefore it is necessary to remember that 'a happy mind is the secret for a good mark sheet’! Sometimes it also appears that we are not able to perceive examinations in a proper perspective. It seems to become a question of life and death. See, the exam you are going to appear at is the exam of what you have studied during this whole year. But it is not a test of your life. It is not a test of what kind of life have you lived, how is the life you are living now and what is the life you aspire to live. There must have been many occasions in your life, when, besides the examinations that you appeared at inside the classrooms with notebooks, you had to encounter and endure many tests and trials. And thus success and failure in life is not determined at all by how one has done at the examination; this is a burden from which you must free yourself. We all have before us the extremely inspiring example of our former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He appeared at the test for recruitment into the Air Force, and failed in that. Now suppose that this failure had caused him to become dejected, to concede defeat in his life, then would India have found such a great scientist and such a glorious President? No, never! One Richa Anand Ji has sent me this question: -

“Today what I see as the biggest challenge facing the education is that it has come to focus solely on examinations. Marks have become all important. As a result, the competition has multiplied leading to a very high increase of stress in the students also. So I would like to know your views concerning the current direction of education and its future course.”

Although she herself has given the answer to her query, but Richa Ji wishes that I too must put forth my views on the matter. Marks and mark-sheet serve a limited purpose. Life is not confined to these only. Life truly means what is the knowledge that you have acquired! Life truly goes on in terms of whether whatever you have learned, you have tried to live that also! Life moves ahead depending upon the condition that whatever the sense of mission you have achieved and whatever is the sense of ambition that you nurture, whether there is any ongoing co-ordination between your sense of mission and your sense of ambition! If you will have faith in these things, then marks will automatically follow you and you will never have to chase marks! It is the knowledge that is going to be of use to you in life, so are skill, self-confidence and determination. You tell me, you must be having a family doctor to whom all the members of your family must be going whenever needed. There would not be a single person in your family who might have asked that family doctor as to how many marks did he score while passing his exam. None could have raised this question. All of you would have thought that as a doctor he was good, you were finding relief in his treatment and thus you started taking his services regularly. When you have to fight a big law suit and you go to a lawyer to engage his services, do you look at the mark-sheet of that lawyer? You only look at his experience, his knowledge, and the graph of his success. And therefore this burden of hankering for marks hinders us sometimes from going in the right direction. But that does not mean that I’m implying that you don’t have to study at all. Studies are definitely useful for testing our own mettle; to know where I stood yesterday and where I stand today. But this also happens sometimes and if you analyse minutely the journey of your own life, you will realise that if you start running after marks, you will look for the shortest ways, and will identify a few selected things and focus on those only. But if something comes from outside those few things you had touched upon; a question comes which is outside the bunch of selected questions that you had prepared; you will be find yourself slipping to the rock bottom. If you have pursuit of knowledge as your focal point, then by itself you try to acquire and attain a lot more. However if you concentrate and focus only on getting marks, then you gradually go on limiting yourself and confine yourself to certain areas for earning more marks. Thus, you may find that despite becoming brilliant in passing the exams, you have sometimes failed in life.

Richa Ji had also mentioned about ‘PRATISPARDHA’, meaning 'competition with others'. It is a huge psychological battle. In reality, it is not the competition with others that takes us ahead in life but it is competing with ourselves or ‘ANUSPARDHA’, which takes our life forward. How can tomorrow be made better than yesterday! How can a future occasion be used to improve upon the past results. To make myself instantly clear, I shall cite an example from the field of sports. It is a feature in the life of most of the successful players that they compete with themselves. Let us take the example of Mr. Sachin Tendulkar. He kept on breaking his own records consecutively and consistently for about twenty years, everytime surpassing and outdoing himself and thus continuously forging ahead. What a wonderful journey of life he has had, only because he followed the route of competing with himself rather than competing with others!

Friends, in every field of life and when taking exams, if you were able to study peacefully for two hours earlier, then are you now able to do so for three hours? If you couldn’t wake up at the decided time in the morning and were thus delayed, now can you get up early on time? You couldn’t sleep earlier due to exam tension, are you able to sleep now? Put yourself to test, and you’ll find that a defeat in competition with others results in frustration, disappointment, despair and jealousy, but ‘Anuspardha’ or ‘competition with self’ leads to self-analysis and introspection and makes our determination stronger and more resolute. And when we prevail over ourselves, then the motivation to do better becomes innate, you don’t need any external sources of energy. That energy is generated from within on its own. If I have to put it in a simple language, then I would say that when you compete with someone else, there are three broad possibilities that arise - first, that you are much better than him; second, that you are much worse than him; and the third that you are equal to him. If you are better than your competitor, then you will become complacent,as you will be filled with over-confidence. If you perform poorly against him, you will become distressed and disappointed, will be filled with envy, that will devour and consume you. And if you are equal to your competitor, then you will never feel the need to improve, life will just go on at its own pace. Therefore I urge you to engage in ‘Anuspardha’, or ‘competition with self’. You must focus on how to improve upon your past performance and how to perform even better. And you’ll witness for yourself the positive change that it will bring about in you.

Shriman S. Sunder Ji has expressed his feelings on the role of parents. He says that during exams, parents have a vital role to play. He further writes, “My mother was not educated. Yet, she would sit by me and ask me to solve problems in Mathematics. She would then compare answers and thus be of great help to me. She would help me rectify errors. My mother did not clear the Class 10 exam, yet without her aid, it would have been impossible for me to pass the CBSE exam.”

Sunder Ji, what you say is absolutely correct. And you must have observed today also that women are a majority amongst those who ask me questions or send in suggestions. Mothers who are consciously aware of and actively alert to their children’s future, play a big role in assuaging the atmosphere at home. I shall urge parents to lay emphasis on just three points - acceptance, mentoring and sharing time. Accept things as they are. Whatever capabilities you posses, use these to mentor your children, and, howsoever occupied you might be, spare time for them, be with them. Once you learn to accept, maximum number of problems will be solved there and then. Every parent must be experiencing this. Expectation on the part of parents and teachers is the root cause of the problem. Acceptance brings about new avenues in finding solutions to problems. Expectations make the path difficult. Accepting a certain state provides us with the opportunity of opening up newer vistas. Just accept things as they are. You will feel much lighter. We keep deliberating on the heavy weight of our tiny tots‘ school bags, but there are times when I feel that expectations and aspirations on the part of parents are far too heavier compared to those school bags.

Once, many years ago, one of our acquaintances was admitted to a hospital, following a heart attack. Former M.P. Purushottam Mavlankar, son of India’s first Lok Sabha Speaker Ganesh Dada Mavlankar, had come to the hospital to see him. I was present there and I saw that he did not ask a single question on the state of his health; he just sat down with no reference to the ailment or to the situation. He started cracking jokes and lightened the atmosphere in a matter of just a few minutes. In a way, we terrify a patient with constant references to his ailment. I would like to convey to parents that we do exactly the same with our children. Have you ever thought of creating an atmosphere of joy and laughter for children during exams? See it for yourself, the whole ambience will be transformed.

I have received an incredible phone call. The gentleman does not wish to reveal his name. When you listen to the call, you will come to know why he does not want to identify himself!

“Namaskar, Pradhan Mantriji, I cannot divulge my name because of something that I did in my childhood. Once, when I was young, I had made an attempt to cheat in my exams. And I started preparing most thoroughly for that. I tried to explore and find out various methods of copying and wasted a lot of time because of that. I could have very well secured the same marks by devoting that time to studying, which I wasted while pondering how to copy. Moreover, when I tried to use unfair means to pass the exam, I got caught and a lot of my friends around me also had to undergo distress because of me.”

What you say is right. These shortcut ways become the reason for using unfair means. There are times when not having enough confidence in oneself makes one crave to peep into a fellow student’s answer sheet, may be just to confirm if one has written the correct answer. Sometimes it happens that our own answer is correct and the other’s answer is wrong. But we somehow believe that the other’s actually wrong answer is the right one, which leads to our own undoing as well. Thus unfair means lead us nowhere. ‘To cheat is to be cheap, so please do not cheat’. Cheating makes you bad, so stay away from it. Time and again you must have heard advisories on staying away from unfair means. I am reiterating the same, once again. Look at the scourge of cheating, copying and such unfair means from any angle and in any form; it is surely going to drag you into the abyss of failure in life. Over and above that, if the invigilator catches you cheating during the exam, you will be utterly ruined. And suppose, you are not caught, even then your own conscience will be burdened for lifetime. When the time will come to counsel your own children, you will not be able to look them clearly in the eye, burdened as you will be with your own sense of guilt. And once you are habituated to using unfair means, you will never feel the desire to actually learn anything in life. Where will you reach then?

It is as if you are yourself digging holes in your pathways. And, I have seen that there are people who squander so much of their talent, invest their entire creativity in finding ingenious ways and means in designing unfair methods. If one devotes the same time and the same creativity in addressing issues pertaining to exams, one would never require any unfair means in the first place. Results that you achieve through your own hard work and diligence will invest you with a phenomenal and extra-ordinary self-confidence.

Now listen to this phone call, which I have received: -

“Namaskar, Pradhan Mantri Ji, my name is Monica and since I am a class 12th student, I wanted to ask you a couple of questions regarding the Board Exams. My first question is, what can we do to reduce the stress that builds up during our exams and my second question is, why are exams all about work and no play. Thank you.”

During exam days, if I talk about sports and games, your teachers, your parents will be angry with me. “What kind of a Prime Minister is this, who is asking children to come out and play during exams,” they might say! People generally nurse the notion that if students indulge in sporting activities, they become careless about their studies. This notion is basically unfounded. It is the root cause of this problem. If one has to achieve holistic development, the fact is that there exists a huge world, a life beyond books; and this precisely is the time to learn living that life also. If someone says, “Let me finish with all exams first, I will play and do other things later”; well, that is impossible. This is THE time for moulding one’s life. This is what upbringing is all about. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, three things are crucial – proper rest, the other is the requisite amount of sleep, the third is the body, which is a major component, way beyond mental activity. Other parts of the body too require physical activity. With so much to do, have you ever thought of spending a couple of moments gazing at the sky, looking with wonder at the flora around you, lightening your spirits a bit! You will notice that you will return to your study room and be amongst your books with a renewed freshness. Whatever you are doing, take a break, have a stroll outside, enter the kitchen, look for something that you relish to eat, munch on your favourite biscuit if possible, tell or listen jokes and laugh for a while. If only for five minutes, give yourself a break. You will feel the onset of a certain ease in your work. I do not know if everyone likes this or not, but I am saying it out of personal experience. Deep breathing during these times is very beneficial. It relaxes you. And for deep breathing you do not need to confine yourself to your room. Just be under the open sky, go to the roof top, do deep breathing for five minutes and return to your studies. You will experience relaxation in your body. A relaxed body equally relaxes your mental organs. Some of you feel like studying more and more, keeping awake for late hours in the night. No. Ensure adequate sleep for the body that is required. It will help you avoid wastage of study time; it will enhance your ability to study well. Your concentration will increase. You will feel a certain freshness. Your overall efficiency will rise by leaps and bounds. When I address election rallies, sometimes I suffer from a sore throat or a hoarse voice. Once a folk singer came to meet me. He asked me, “How many hours do you sleep?” I asked him if he was a doctor. He said, “No, but it is linked with your voice problem brought on by delivering so many election speeches. Only when you get adequate sleep, your vocal chords will be able to rest fully.” Well, I had never given a thought to a possible connection between my sleep, my speeches and my voice. It was as if he had given me a herbal panacea. Actually, we should understand the importance of these things, it will surely benefit you. But this does not mean that you keep sleeping all the time. Some might remark that since the Prime Minister has said so, just keep sleeping, there is no need to wake up and study. Please, do not do that, else your family members will be displeased with me. And when your mark sheet arrives, if they are not happy with that, they will not see you but only me. So, avoid doing that. And hence I will say, “P for prepare and P for play’, one who plays blossoms, the person who plays, shines. This is a wonderful remedy for maintaining the vigour of the mind, brain and body.

Anyway, young friends, you are engrossed in preparing for your exams and here I am, engaging you in matters close to my heart. Of course, it is quite possible that my words this morning will act as a relaxant for you. In the same breath, I will add that do not let these remarks of mine be a burden on you. Do it only if you can. If you cannot do it, please do not do it, else this too will weigh heavily on you. Just as I advise your parents not to be burdensome to you, the same applies to me too. Keeping your resolve in mind, with confidence in yourself, set out for your exams. My best wishes to your. In order to clear a test, treat the test as a festive occasion. You will never feel a test, a test again. Make headway with this Mantra.

My dear countrymen, on 1st February 2017, Indian Coast Guard is completing 40 years. On this occasion I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the officers and jawans of Coast Guard for their service to the Nation. It is a matter of pride and honour that with its indigenously built 126 ships and 62 aircrafts, it has carved a coveted place for itself amongst the 4 biggest Coast Guards of the world. The motto of Coast Guard is ‘Vayam Rakshaamaha.’ We protect. True in letter and spirit to the motto, securing the country’s maritime borders and maritime environment, the jawans of Coast Guard are relentlessly at work night and day, braving the most adverse conditions. Last year, personnel of Coast Guard undertook a campaign of cleaning up of our coastal areas also, over and above their routine duties. Thousands participated in this campaign. Along with coastal security, they displayed concern towards coastal cleanliness and deserve accolades for their act. Not many people would be aware that in our Coast Guard, not just men, but women too are discharging their duties and responsibilities shoulder to shoulder, and most successfully. Our Coast Guard women officers are pilots, work as Observers, and not just that, they command Hovercrafts as well. In the backdrop of the fact that maritime security today has become an issue of global concern and the excellence displayed by Coast Guard in securing India’s coast line, I extend my heartiest felicitations to them on their 40th birthday.

1st February is the festival of Vasant Panchami. Vasant, that is Spring, is acknowledged as the best of seasons. Vasant is RITURAJ, the king of seasons. In our country, Saraswati Pooja is done on Vasant Panchami; Vasant Panchmi is a major festival. It is considered an occasion to worship Vidya, knowledge. And not just that, it is a celebration of inspiration for brave hearts. ‘Mera Rang de Basanti Chola’ is a perfect example of that. I extend my best wishes to my countrymen on the pious occasion of Vasant Panchami.

My dear countrymen, in ‘Mann Ki Baat’, All India Radio too infuses myriad novel hues of creativity and imagination. Last month onwards, they have started broadcasting versions in regional languages, immediately after the broadcast of my ‘Mann Ki Baat’. This has gained wide acceptance. People are writing in from far and wide. I felicitate All India Radio for this self-inspired initiative from the core of my heart. ‘Mann Ki Baat’ gives me a great opportunity to be connected with you. Best wishes to you. Thank you.



COAS visit to Pune

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) made his farewell visit to HQ Southern Command, Pune today. During the visit he addressed all officers of Pune Station in which he complimented all the ranks for the excellent job being done by them. During his address, he spoke on a wide range of issues and highlighted progress made on them during his tenure. He stressed the need to continue to build capability as no enemy respects weakness and also be operationally prepared to meet any kind of security challenge. He informed the officers regarding various welfare measures taken for all ranks and veterans. He exhorted them to maintain high level of alertness and take all security measures to thwart any nefarious activity by inimical or anti- national elements. He also interacted with troops over a cup of tea at Milkha Singh Sports Complex. The COAS returned to Delhi after interacting with Veterans.

Col Rohan Anand, SM PRO (Army)

Union Govt has taken decisive steps against Pak sponsored terrorism: Dr Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the Union Government led by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken decisive steps against Pakistan sponsored terrorism and the two most recent examples are the decision of Remonetization which has drastically reduced terror related transactions, preceded by the military strike inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Addressing the 2nd Round-Table Conference on the subject of “Countering Pakistan State Terror” organized by Global Counter Terrorism Council (GCTC) here today, Dr Jitendra Singh said Pak sponsored terrorism in the context of Jammu & Kashmir is a cumulative effect of a series of misdoings of the past six decades. He said, if only the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had allowed the then Home Minister Sardar Patel to handle J&K, the history of the Indian subcontinent would have been different.

When the NDA Government took over on May 26, 2014, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it bequeathed a huge baggage of cumulative liabilities from the past. There was a feeling of pessimism all over the country, but within two years, he said, not only the common man in India is feeling proud to be an Indian, but the Indians settled abroad are also looking forward for an opportunity to return to their motherland. This itself is a vindication of the kind of redemption which the government under the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has succeeded in bringing about in just two-and-a-half years, he added.

As per the reports, Dr Jitendra Singh said, following Remonetization, there is a 60% dip in terror related activities and 50% reduction in terror-related Hawala transactions being funded by Pakistan. Not only this, at least two printing press units in Pakistan which were printing fake Indian currency and pumping into India have been compelled to shut down, he added. Similarly, the incidents of stone-pelting in J&K have also gone down drastically, he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, decisions like the surgical strike and Remonetization have hit the “Achilles’ heel” of Pakistan and these are some of the decisive steps which no government in the past dared to take. He also referred to the Government’s stand on Baluchistan and said, for the first time, the Indian forces have had the opportunity to give befitting retaliatory response to every act of mischief from Pakistan.

Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that the Union Government follows a policy of zero tolerance to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and will never compromise with the honour and dignity of the security forces of India or the sovereignty of the Republic of India.

Among the eminent panelists at the Round-Table Conference were noted analyst Shri Sushil Pandita, former Foreign Secretary Shri Kanwal Sibal, retired Vice-Chief of Army Staff Gen Phillip Campose, the Head Imam, Imam Illiyasi and well known activist Shri Tarek Fatah.



First Skill Certification Ceremony of Pilot Batches of Army Skill Training Centre, Delhi Cantt & Country’s first Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna 2.0 By President AWWA

Army Skill Training Centres are driven by  Compassion and Purpose to Enable and Empower army Spouses and Wards to become Mainstream Contributors in their Household through NSDC Certified Courses thus,enhancing their true self-worth


Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC), Delhi Cantt the iconic skill centre, was inaugurated by Mrs Namita Suhag, President Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) on 22 Aug 2016. ASTC, Delhi Cantt runs aspiration based skilling courses for army spouses and wards in four job roles namely, Data Entry Operator, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing. These skill courses are conducted under the overall guidelines of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship that are promulgated through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Skill courses at ASTC are conducted as per curriculum issued by NSDC aligned to a given NSQF level with a defined Qualification Pack. Pilot batches of three of these job roles, Assistant Beauty Therapist, Sewing Machine Operator and Block-printing have completed their training.


These trainees have created history by not just being the pilot batches of ASTC,  but also by producing a remarkable pass percentage of 96.25%. Continuing the trail of creating history, the ASTC Skill Certification Ceremony is also the Country’s First skill certification ceremony under PMKVY2.0 scheme.


The successful trainees were awarded Skill Certificates and start up kit by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA. Addressing the trainees President AWWA urged them to put the acquired skills to good use by working and contributing to their household, thus enhancing their self worth and become an inherent part of the make in India ecosystem.


Army officers, representatives of NSDC, concerned Sector Skill Councils and IL&FS, the ASTC training partner, attended the ceremony. Army is in the process of setting up ASTCs across the country in a phased manner. In     Phase-I 15 locations have been identified, of which in addition to Delhi Cantt, Missamari and Kolkotta have commenced skilling courses. The number is slated to grow in the near future to bring a larger population of the army spouses into the folds of skilling ecosystem to enable and empower them.



Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


Curtain Raiser – Beating The Retreat 2017

This year, spectators at the Beating the Retreat ceremony will be enthralled with the mesmerising and foot tapping music of the bands from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the State Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). As many as 26 performances on the historic Vijay Chowk, mostly composed by Indian musicians will thrill the audience with patriotic fervour. The tunes to be rendered are ‘Singarh’, ‘Patni Top’, ‘Mony Musk’, ‘Jak Wilson’, ‘General Tappy’, ‘The Gael’, ‘ Scotland the Brave’, ‘Jal Nidhi’, ‘Yaman’, ‘Sky Lark’, ‘Veer Bharat’, ‘Pyari Bhumi’, ‘Take to the Sky’, ‘Victory Dhun’, ‘Air Force Colours’, ‘Benihal’, ‘Indian Fleet’, ‘Admirals Ensignia’, ‘Jai Bharti’, ‘Appu’, ‘Call of the Heart’, ‘Gulmarg’, ‘Drummers Call’, ‘Army Star’, ‘Abide with Me’ and lastly the ever-popular ‘Sare Jahan Se Acha’. While the tunes are a mix of Indian and Western compositions the dominance of the Desi tunes will add special flavour to the ceremony.

The ceremony at the Vijay Chowk on January 29th every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. This year, 16 Military Bands, 16 Pipes and Drums Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions are participating in Beating the Retreat ceremony. Besides one each of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force band will also form part of the event. Another band of the State Police and CAPF comprising Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and Delhi Police will also take part.

The principal conductor of the Beating Retreat ceremony will be Sqn Ldr G Jayachandran while Army bands conductor will be Subedar Major Hemraj and the Navy and Air Force band commanders will be Master Chief Petty Officer (Musician-I) Ramesh Chand and Junior Warrant Officer Ashok Kumar respectively. The conductor of the State Police and CAPF bands will be Inspector Lal Singh. Buglers will perform under the leadership of Sub Parbat Singh and pipes and drums bands will play under the instructions of Sub Maj Gopal Singh.

‘Beating the Retreat’ has emerged as an event of national pride when the Colours and Standards are paraded. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army indigenously developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands. ‘Beating Retreat’ marks a centuries old military tradition, when the troops ceased fighting, sheathed their arms and withdrew from the battlefield and returned to the camps at sunset at the sounding of the Retreat. Colours and Standards are cased and flags lowered. The ceremony creates nostalgia for the times gone by.



256th ASC Corps Day

Army Service Corps celebrated its 256th Corps Day at HQ Western Command Chandimandir on 8th Dec 2016. In its long cherished history, the Army Service Corps has displayed exceptional versatility, indomitable spirit and commendable ability to keep pace with the changing operational scenarios. The Corps has strived hard to achieve the highest standards in the field of logistics.

The ASC is responsible for provisioning rations, petroleum products and transport support to formations across the country. It has consistently evolved and emerged as a modern, information-technology savvy and network-centric organisation catering to the ever changing strategic and operational environment.

To commemorate this day, various events were organized at Chandimandir. ASC veterans also wholeheartedly participated in these events.

Lt Gen Surinder Singh, AVSM, VSM, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command extended his greetings to all ranks, civilian employees, their families and veterans of the Corps on this day and commended the professionalism displayed by ASC personnel towards discharge of their duties, both during war & peace.

On this momentous occasion, Brig SS Randhawa, VSM of Western Command laid a wreath at Veer Smriti, Chandimandir along with other serving personnel and veteran of ASC.

"We salute our martyrs on this solemn occasion for their selfless and supreme sacrifices." Said Brigadier SS Randhawa while addressing the gathering. The ASC fraternity resolved to continue the march towards excellence in all the fields with utmost professionalism, devotion to duty and above all the will to enforce latest technologies for greater efficiency.


President of India condoles the loss of lives of army personnel in an avalanche in Kashmir

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the loss of lives of a number of Army personnel in an avalanche in Kashmir.

In a message to General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, the President has said “I am sad to learn about the avalanche in Kashmir in which a number of Army personnel lost their lives and some are reported missing.

I understand rescue and relief operations are currently underway. I am sure that concerned Army authorities and the State Government are providing all possible aid to the bereaved families and medical assistance to the injured.

Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. My prayers for an early and speedy recovery of all injured personnel”.



Joint Military Exercise Hand-In-Hand 2016 Culminates

The Sixth India China Joint Training Exercise, Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2016 culminated today with a closing ceremony which was held at Aundh Military Camp, Pune. Thirteen days of Joint Training included understanding of each others operational methodology, developing interoperability and conduct of a joint tactical operations controlled by a Joint Command Post. The exercise concluded with a validation exercise by Indian Army & the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China.

Major General S K Prashar, Indian Army and Major General Wang Haijiang, Deputy Commander of People’s Liberation Army jointly reviewed the parade commanded by Colonel Dayanand Sharma, the Indian contingent commander.

Major General S K Prashar, General Officer Commanding of the Indian Army after addressing the parade declared the joint training exercise closed. Observers of both the nations appreciated the professionally conducted training which has resulted in instilling confidence in each other’s capability. The exercise also demonstrated the determination of the two Armies in working closely with each other to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Navy’s Theatre Level Exercise, TROPEX 17, gets underway

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) got underway on 24 Jan 17. The month long exercise will have ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, as also assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard exercising together. The exercise is being conducted off the Western Seaboard. The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.

TROPEX has grown in scale and complexity over the years and will see participation of major surface combatants and air assets of the Indian Navy including the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, nuclear submarine Chakra, Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Jalashwa, the recently commissioned destroyer Chennai, the P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft operating alongside SU-30 MKI, Jaguars, AWACS, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Infantry units of the Indian Army. The exercise will be conducted in various phases, both in harbour and at sea encompassing the various facets of war-fighting and combat operations.

TROPEX 17 assumes special significance in the backdrop of the current security scenario. The exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen inter-operability and joint operations in a complex environment.


Aftermath of Indian Army’s Punitive Fire Assaults: Pak DGMO Requests for Unscheduled Talks on Hotline

In an unscheduled Hot Line interaction requested for by Pakistan, Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh spoke to his counterpart this evening. Pak DGMO informed of civilian casualties on Pak side by Indian firing along the Line of Control. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed grief at Pak civilian casualties but emphatically stated that retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out targeting locations from where Pakistan has initiated cease fire violations on Indian Posts. Lt Gen Ranbir Singh expressed his concerns to Pak DGMO on casualties caused to Indian civilians and soldiers due to unprovoked Pak firing.

Indian DGMO further raised the issue of infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pak side into J&K and the un-ethical act of mutilation of the body of Indian soldiers close to the Line of Control by terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan. Pak DGMO was exhorted to exercise strict control on their troops to refrain from any nefarious activities. This would lead to return of normalcy along Line of Control. However, he was categorically informed that if any cease fire violations were initiated by Pak troops or any infiltration attempts were made by terrorists from Pak Occupied Kashmir or territory under its control, it would invite an appropriate response by Indian Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Address by the President of India on the eve of the Republic Day of India 2017

 Fellow citizens:

1.           On the eve of the sixty-eighth Republic Day of our nation, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad. I convey my special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Para-military Forces and Internal Security Forces. I pay my tribute to the brave soldiers and security personnel who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in defending India’s territorial integrity and maintaining law and order.


Brothers and sisters:

2.           When India attained freedom on 15th August 1947, we did not have an instrument of governance of our own. We waited till 26th January, 1950 when the Indian people gave to themselves a Constitution to secure for all its citizens, justice, liberty, equality, and gender and economic equity. We promised to promote fraternity, dignity of the individual, and unity and integrity of the nation.

On that day, we became the largest democracy of the world.


3.           The faith and commitment of people gave life to our Constitution and our founding fathers, wisely and carefully, steered the new nation past its troubles of being a poor economy with huge regional imbalances and a vast citizenry deprived of even basic necessities.


4.           It goes to the credit of the strong institutions of democracy built by our founders that for the last six and a half decades, Indian democracy has been an oasis of stability in the region troubled by unrest. From a population of 360 million in 1951, we are now a 1.3 billion strong nation. Even then, our per capita income has shown a ten-fold increase, poverty ratio has declined by two-thirds, average life expectancy has more than doubled, and literacy rate has shown a four-fold increase. We are today the fastest growing amongst the major economies of the world. We are the second largest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower, the third largest army, the sixth member of the nuclear club, the sixth member in the race for space, and the tenth largest industrial power. From a net food grains importing country, India is now a leading exporter of food commodities. The journey so far has been eventful, sometimes painful, but most of the times, exhilarating.


5.           What has brought us thus far will take us further ahead. But we will have to learn to adjust our sails, quickly and deftly, to the winds of change. Evolutionary and incremental growth will have to accommodate rapid disruptions brought in by advances of science and technology. Innovation, more so inclusive innovation, will have to become a way of life. Education will have to keep pace with technology. In the race between man and machine, the winner will have to be job generation. The velocity of technology adoption will call for a workforce that is willing to learn and adapt. Our education system will have to join hands with innovation to prepare our youth for life-long learning.


Fellow citizens:

6.           Our economy has been performing well despite the challenging global economic conditions. In the first half of 2016-17, it grew at a rate of 7.2 percent – same as that last year – showing sustained recovery. We are firmly on the path of fiscal consolidation and our inflation level is within comfort zone. Though our exports are yet to pick up, we have managed a stable external sector with sizeable foreign exchange reserves.


7.           Demonetization, while immobilizing black money and fighting corruption, may have led to temporary slowdown of economic activity. As more and more transactions become cashless, it will improve the transparency of the economy.


Brothers and sisters:

8.           Born in independent India, three generations of citizens do not carry the baggage of colonial past. These generations have had the privilege of acquiring education, pursuing opportunities and chasing dreams in a free nation. This sometimes makes it easy for them to take freedom for granted; to forget the price that extraordinary men and women paid to win this freedom; to forget that the tree of freedom needs constant care and nourishment. Democracy has conferred rights on each one of us. But along with these rights, come responsibilities which have to be discharged. Gandhiji said and I quote: “The highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline and humility. Freedom that comes from discipline and humility cannot be denied; unbridled license is a sign of vulgarity injurious alike to self and others” (unquote).


Fellow citizens:

9.           Youth today are brimming with hope and aspirations. They pursue their life goals, which they perceive will bring them fame, success and happiness, with single-minded devotion. They consider happiness as their existential objective, which of course is understandable. They search for happiness in the highs and lows of day-to-day emotions, and in the fulfilment of the objectives they have set for themselves. They look for a job as well as a purpose in life. Lack of opportunities leads to frustration and unhappiness which manifests itself in anger, anxiety, stress and aberrations in behaviour. This has to be dealt with by inculcating pro-social behaviour through gainful employment, active engagement with community, parental guidance, and empathetic response from a caring society.


Brothers and sisters:

10.        One of my predecessors left on my table a framed quotation which reads (and I quote): “The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or races but the happiness of the common man” (unquote). Happiness is fundamental to the human experience of life. Happiness is equally the outcome of economic and non-economic parameters. The quest for happiness is closely tied to sustainable development, which combines human well-being, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. We must make happiness and well-being of our people as the touchstones of public policy.


11.        Many of the flagship initiatives of the government have been designed to promote the well-being of the society. The Swachh Bharat Mission aims at a Clean India by 2nd October, 2019 to coincide with the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji. Increased spending on programmes like MGNREGA is enhancing employment generation to rejuvenate the rural economy. Aadhaar, with its present reach of over 110 crore people, is helping in direct transfer of benefits, plugging leakages and improving transparency. The Digital India programme is creating a knowledge economy through universal provision of digital infrastructure and platforms for cashless economic transactions. Initiatives like Start-up India and Atal Innovation Mission are fostering innovation and new-age entrepreneurship. Under the Skill India initiative, the National Skill Development Mission is working on skilling 300 million youth by 2022.


Brothers and sisters:

12.        It is my firm conviction that India’s pluralism and her social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are our greatest strength. Our tradition has always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian; not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country. A wise and discerning mind is necessary for democracy to flourish. More than the unison of ideas, a healthy democracy calls for conformity to the values of tolerance, patience and respect for others. These values must reside in the hearts and minds of every Indian; inculcating in them a temperament of understanding and responsibility.


Fellow citizens:

13.        We have a noisy democracy. Yet, we need more and not less of democracy. The strength of our democracy is evidenced by the fact that over 66 percent of the total electorate of 834 million voted in the 2014 General Elections. The depth and breadth of our democracy sparkles in the regular elections being held in our panchayati raj institutions. And yet, our legislatures lose sessions to disruptions when they should be debating and legislating on issues of importance. Collective efforts must be made to bring the focus back to debate, discussion and decision-making.


14.        As our Republic enters her sixty-eighth year, we must acknowledge that our systems are not perfect. The imperfections have to be recognized and rectified. The settled complacencies have to be questioned. The edifice of trust has to be strengthened. The time is also ripe for a constructive debate on electoral reforms and a return to the practice of the early decades after independence when elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies were held simultaneously. It is for the Election Commission to take this exercise forward in consultation with political parties.


Fellow citizens:

15.        In a fiercely competitive world, we have to work harder than ever to redeem the promises that we make to our people.


o      We have to work harder because our war on poverty is not yet over. Our economy is yet to grow at over 10 percent for an extended period of time to make a significant dent on poverty. One-fifth of our countrymen still remain below poverty line. Gandhiji’s mission to wipe every tear from every eye still remains unfulfilled.

o      We have to work harder to provide food security to our people and to make the agriculture sector resilient to the vagaries of nature. We have to provide better amenities and opportunities to our people in villages to ensure a decent quality of life.

o      We have to work harder to provide enhanced employment opportunities to our youth through the creation of world-class manufacturing and services sectors. The competitiveness of the domestic industry has to be improved by focusing on quality, productivity and efficiency.

o      We have to work harder to provide safety and security to our women and children. Women must be able to lead their lives with honour and dignity. Children must be able to enjoy their childhood to the fullest.

o      We have to work harder to change our consumption pattern which has resulted in environmental and ecological de-gradation. We have to appease nature to prevent it from unleashing its fury in the form of floods, landslides and droughts.

o      We have to work harder because our pluralistic culture and tolerance are still being put to test by vested interests. Reason and moderation should be our guide in dealing with such situations.

o      We have to work harder to keep at bay the dark forces of terrorism. These forces have to be dealt with firmly and decisively. The forces inimical to our interests cannot be allowed to grow.

o      We have to work harder to ensure the well-being of our soldiers and security personnel who protect us from internal and external threats.


o      We have to work harder because;

We are all equal children before our mother;

And our motherland asks each of us in whatever role we play;

To do our duty;

With integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty;

To the values enshrined in our Constitution.


Jai Hind!





AH (R&R) conducts CNE on ‘Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS’

The Army Hospital (Research and Referral) has organized a week long Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) on "Refining Nursing Skills on BLS/ACLS" here today. The CNE was inaugurated by Additional Director General, Military Nursing Services Maj Gen Sushila Shahi, where delegates from various civil institutions in and around Delhi attended. A total of 31 delegates are attending the CNE.

Basic Life Support (BLS)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac care, acute dysarrhythmias and acute coronary syndrome. It is mandatory for medical professionals to recognize and initiate early management of arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest. This CNE programme will help the participants to gain in-depth knowledge and enhance skills in the recognition and management of cardiopulmonary arrest and activation of emergency medical services.

During the ongoing sessions, resource persons will impart knowledge on various topics like BLS/ACLS, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) / Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), high-quality CPR, Airway management, dysarrhythmias AED and defibrillators which will update the knowledge and bridge the gap between knowledge and skills of the prime life-saving procedure.


Gallantry Awards to Army on 26 January 2017


The President of India,  Shri Pranab Mukherjee has approved the award of two Kirti Chakras and ten Shaurya Chakras to the Indian Army personnel on the occasion of Republic Day 2017 has been included in the list of citations.



     Following documents are attached to the Press Release :-



-       List of Complete Honours and Awards to Army.

-       Summary of Complete Honours and Awards to Army.

-       Photographs of Awardees.





Col Rohan Anand,SM


PRO (Army)

COAS Presented Colours to 18 Bihar, 19 Bihar & 20 Bihar

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff presented the President’s Colours to three young Infantry Battalions i.e. 18 BIHAR, 19 BIHAR and 20 BIHAR, during a Colour Presentation Parade held at the Bihar Regimental Centre, Danapur on 19 November 2016. The COAS reviewed the parade and was appreciative of the rich traditions and valour of the regiment. He also congratulated the newly raised units and exhorted them to perform their best.

Raised in 1941, the Bihar Regiment has won six Military Cross before independence and three Ashok Chakra, two Maha Vir Chakra, 13 Kirti Chakra and numerous other gallantry and distinguished service awards post independence.

A team of paragliders from Para Brigade flew past over the Colour Presentation Parade carrying the National Flag, the Bihar Regimental Flag and a banner signifying the Platinum Jubilee of the Bihar Regiment. Another attraction of the Colour Presentation Parade was the Motor Cycle Display conducted by the DARE DEVILS, the Corps of Signals Motorcycle Rider Display Team.


Manoj Tuli APRO (Army)

SEP Chandu Babulal Chavan handed over to Indian Authorities

Sep Chandu Babulal Chavan crossed over to Pak Occupied Kashmir from own Krishna Ghati sector on 29 Sep 16. In order to ensure his release the matter was taken up with Pakistani Military authorities through the existing Hotline  and scheduled DGMO level talks. His presence was acknowledged by Pakistan on 07 Oct 16. The matter has been continuously raised in scheduled DGMO level talks since then. The issue was also taken up  diplomatically through our High Commission in Pakistan and Ministry of External Affairs.


     Today (21 Jan 17)  at 1PM, we finally got confirmation by Pakistan Military Authorities that  Sepoy Chandu Babulal Chavan would be handed over to Indian Authorities at Wagah  at 3 PM Indian time. The Jawan was finally handed over to our representatives at Wagah Crossing Point at approx 3:45 PM.



Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


Wreath Laying at Teen Murti Memorial to Honour Indian Cavalry

A wreath laying ceremony was organised today at the Teen Murti Memorial by the Cavalry Officer’s Association (COA) to honour the sacrifice and splendid contribution of the Indian Cavalry since World War I. The wreaths were placed by serving and retired officers of the Cavalry fraternity of the Indian Army including Gen V N Sharma (Retired), former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C, Eastern Army Command and Lt Gen A B Shivane, DGMF.

Teen Murti memorial was instituted in memory of the Cavalry officers, Non Commissioned Officers and men of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade composed of Cavalry Regiments from the Indian States of Hyderabad, Mysore and Jodhpur and with detachments from Bhavnagar, Kashmir and Kathiawar who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-1919 in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria. The Armoured Corps has witnessed the journey of time since independence with raising of modernised Arjun and T-90 Regiments. The year 2016 also marks 100 years of the tank.

Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Aditya Singh, (Retd), President COA pointed out the great contribution of the Indian Armoured Corps in protecting the Nation’s sovereignty. This is aptly reflected by the gallantry awards earned by the Corps since independence which includes Two Param Vir Chakras, 16 Mahavir Chakras, Three Kirti Chakras, 57 Vir Chakras and 26 Shaurya Chakras.

Manoj Tuli
APRO (Army)

COAS Felicitates National Bravery Awardees



         General Bipin Rawat, COAS, felicitated the awardees of National Bravery Award for year 2016 at South Block today. The awardees included 25 children (11 girls and 14 boys including 4 posthumous awardees) from states across the country. The awardees were involved in a wide range of acts of bravery spanning from rescue acts, uncovering international sex racket, actions against anti social elements, amongst others.


        Interacting with the children, the Army Chief exhorted them to continue doing well in life, work hard and be a role model for others. Many of the children expressed their desire to join Army.


        The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and to inspire other children to emulate their example. The Awardees are invited to Delhi and receive their awards from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the eve of Republic Day. The children will also take part in the Republic Day Parade. 


               Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 945 brave children ( 669 boys and 276 Girls). It was in 1957 that two children, a boy and a girl, were first awarded for their presence of mind and courage. Since then ICCW decided to confer national awards on children every year.  Applications for the awards are received from various sources such as central, State Government Departments, Panchayats, Zila Panchayats, Police Departments, School authorities as well as State and Union Territory Councils for Child Welfare.


Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)


MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju attends the Platinum Jubilee Ceremony of the Assam Regiment

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju attended the Platinum Jubilee Ceremony of the Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong today. As Chief Guest at the function, in his address to the soldiers, Shri Rijiju highlighted the achievements of the Regiment in these glorious 75 years and congratulated Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and all ranks of the Regiment for spearheading the enviable saga of honour, glory and sacrifice of the people of North East in their service to the Nation.

During his visit to Assam Regimental Centre at Shillong, Shri Rijiju also attended the inaugural ceremony of Havildar Hangpan Dada Main Office Block. Havildar Hangpan Dada laid down his life while fighting militants at Kupwara in Kashmir Valley on May 27, 2016. Havildar Hangpan Dada was awarded Ashok Chakra (Posthumous) on Independence Day, 2016 for exibiting exceptional bravery, beyond the call of duty. Mrs Chasen Lowang Dada, wife of the martyr, who attended the ceremony as special guest, inaugurated the block.

Thereafter, Shri Rijiju paid homage to the fallen heroes of the Regiment by laying wreath at the War Memorial and felicitatetd the Veer Naris (widows of gallant soldiers). He also inagurated the refurbished state-of-the-art ‘Bishnu’ Museum at the Centre. This museum preserves and showcases the rich heritage and achievement of each battalion and motivates and instills a sense of pride in each individual soldier.

Shi Rijiju also ‘flagged in’ the Motorcycle Rally, which returned back to Shillong after visting and paying homage at the Regiment’s war memorials at Kohima, Jessami, Aradura and Imphal. The rally covered a distance of about 1,700 kms over 14 days. The expedition team met veterans of the Regiment enroute and also interacted with School and College students, motivating them to join the Army. After the inauguration ceremony, the Minister interacted with the soldiers amidst the thundering rendition of ‘Badluram ka Badan ---’ The Regimental song of the Assam Regiment.



President of India Extends his Greetings on the Occasion of Army Day 2017

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to all officers, soldiers, veterans, civilians, ex-servicemen and their families on the occasion of Army Day 2017.


In his message, the President has said, “I am happy to learn that the Army Day is being celebrated on 15th January, 2017.


The Indian Army plays a pivotal role in ensuring the national security of India, whilst defending our borders across some of the most perilous terrain in the world.  It provides stability during internal security challenges and is often called upon to provide assistance during natural calamities. The Indian Army is known for its professionalism, selfless commitment and the unparalleled bravery of its rank and file.


Today, we remember our bravehearts who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.  The nation is indebted to them and their families.  I wish to place on record our deepest appreciation for the dedication and devotion of our soldiers in their service to the nation.


I am confident the Indian Army will continue to acquit itself as a robust and vital instrument of national power in the coming years.


I wish the Army Day celebrations all success”.




Lt Gen SK Sinha Passes Away


            His Excellency Lt Gen S K Sinha, PVSM (Retired), 90, passed away on 17 November 2016 in Delhi.


            Born in 1926, Lt Gen SK Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1942 at the young age of seventeen. He joined the Army soon thereafter passing out as the Best Cadet from the Officers Training School, Belgaum. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma and Indonesia and after Independence in Kashmir.


            The General commanded battalion of 5 GORKHA RIFILES in Ladakh, a brigade in Manipur, a Mountain Division in Assam, Infantry Division in Jammu,  a Corps and a field Army in the Western Theatre. He also had the distinction of serving as Adjutant General and Vice Chief of Army Staff.


            During his varied career, Lt Gen Sinha, in 1949 was appointed Secretary of the Indian delegation for delineation of the Cease Fire Line in Kashmir. In 1972 he led the Indian delegation to Italy for a conference on application of human rights to warfare. In recognition of his service he was awarded Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 1973.


            As a Statesman, Lt Gen Sinha was appointed India's Ambassador to Nepal in 1990. Appreciative of his work the then Prime Minister of Nepal had said, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". He also had been Governor of two insurgency prone States of Assam and J&K.



            A prolific writer, he authored five books including one on Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947-48 and his autobiography, "A Soldier Recalls".

Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, serving and retired army personnel will pay homage to the ‘Soldier Statesman’ on 18 November 2016 at Brar Square, New Delhi.




Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)



On Army Day, Indian Army

Celebrates being Instrument of National Power



Indian Army celebrated its 69th Army Day today. General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff reviewed the Army Day Parade at the Cariappa Parade Ground, Delhi Cantonment and awarded fifteen Sena Medals (including five posthumously) for individual acts of Gallantry and fourteen COAS Unit Citations for commendable performance of their respective units. 


          Every year Indian Army celebrates 15th January as ‘Army Day’ to commemorate the day when General (later Field Marshal) K.M Carriappa took over the command of Army from General Sir F.R.R Bucher, the last British Commander-in-Chief in 1949 and became the first Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army post Independence.


General Bipin Rawat, in his address stated that while India sought peace on Line of Control, Cease Fire Violations or untoward incidents propagated by Pakistan will be responded to by force. He also brought out that Confidence Building Measures were being further strengthened along the Line of Actual Control with China to reduce tensions. The COAS  highlighted contribution of Indian Army in UN Peace Keeping Missions, modernization projects in the pipeline and welfare schemes being instituted for serving soldiers, ex servicemen and veer naris. He  reinforced the point that redressal of individual grievances by serving personnel should be carried out through established mechanisms within Army rather than resorting to platform of social media for the same.




 The parade was commanded by Maj Gen Rajesh Sahai, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area.  The leading contingent of the parade was formed of the recipients of the Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra Awardees and International Sports Awardees. This was followed by Army contingents which included T-90 Tank BHISHMA, Infantry Combat Vehicle BMP II, Brahmos Missile System,  Weapon Locating Radar (SWATHI), Akash Missile System, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear) Reconnaissance Vehicle, Mobile transportable satellite terminal vehicle and seven marching contingents including mounted horse cavalry. 


        The Veterans Tableaux, organized by the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans, depicted their role and contributions towards the nation. A motorcycle display by “SHWET ASHW” team of the Army Corps of Military Police was the other attraction during the parade. A Paramotors display was also carried out by a team from the 50 (I) Para Brigade.


       The grand finale was a combat demonstration, which showcased combat techniques of the Army sub units. Combat actions included strafing runs depicted by armed helicopter, combat manoeuvres by tracked combat vehicles and special operations including  air insertion and extrication of soldiers behind enemy lines.  


         The Indian Army is regarded as one of the most credible institutions and Instrument of National Power. Indian Army operates in the most inhospitable conditions with resolve and pride. It has acquitted itself extremely creditably in internal security and counter-insurgency operations and has extended invaluable aid to civil authorities in disaster management and maintenance of law and order.


        Earlier in the day, wreaths were laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by the three Service Chiefs to commemorate the Army Day.


Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)








Coas Felicitates Miss Tajamul Islam of Army Goodwill School Bandipora, J&K

General Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, felicitated Miss Tajamul Islam, student of Class II of Army Goodwill School, Bandipora, and winner of ‘Gold Medal’ in World Sub Junior Kickboxing Championship at South Block, New Delhi, today. She won the gold medal in the championship which was held at Andriana, Italy, after beating her American opponent. The child prodigy won six bouts to lift the Championship in her category.

The COAS praised the grit and determination of the little girl who has made the nation proud and hoped that her success would inspire other children of the Valley. Miss Tajamul Islam expressed her joy on meeting the Army Chief.

This young talent was spotted and initially nurtured by the Army Goodwill School, Bandipora. Tajamul started her journey in the world of kickboxing by winning the Gold Medal at the State level championship, held in Jammu in 2015. She thereafter, won gold medal in sub-junior category at 2015 National Kickboxing Championship, held at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Lieutenant General Sarath Chand Takes over as Vice Chief of Army Staff

Lieutenant General Sarath Chand took over as Vice Chief of Army Staff and paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, today. Before taking over as Vice Chief of Army Staff, the General officer was commanding South Western Command.

The General Officer was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in June 1979. During career spanning over 38 years, he has served in all operational theatres and has participated in many active combat leadership roles at every stage of command. The early operational service of the General includes the command of Company in the Kargil Sector of Ladakh and in active operations during Operation PAWAN as part of the IPKF in Sri Lanka. He commanded battalion in Operation RHINO and Operation FALCON, an Infantry Brigade in the deserts and a Counter Insurgency Force deployed in the Kashmir Valley and thereafter commanded a strategically important 4 Corps. He has also held a number of important staff as well as instructional appointments during his career. The General Officer has served at the United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM-II).

The General Officer in his capacity as Vice Chief will head the General Staff Branch at the Army Headquarters and will provide crucial support to the Army Chief in discharge of his duties. He will be responsible for ensuring the operational effectiveness of the Army by directly overseeing the functioning of the military operations, intelligence and logistics directorates. He will coordinate and facilitate decision making on critical issues involving multiple stakeholders within and outside Army.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Indo China Joint Military Exercise Hand –in- Hand 2016 Begins

An opening ceremony of the sixth India China Joint Training Exercise “Hand – in – Hand 2016” was held at the parade ground in Aundh Military Camp, Pune today. Maj Gen Y K Joshi, Additional Director General of Military Operations of Indian Army and Maj Gen Wang Haijiang of the People’s Liberation Army and other senior army officers of both the countries were present. The parade was commanded by Lt Col Li Guanghua, Commanding Officer of People’s Liberation Army. Both the senior military officers addressed the contingents before Maj Gen Wang Haijiang of Chinese Army declared the Joint Exercise open. The aim of the joint exercise is to acquaint both the Armies with each other’s operating procedures in the backdrop of counter terrorism environment.

The Opening Ceremony was followed by both the contingents displaying their weapons which included assault rifles, grenade launchers and other sophisticated equipment. The Ceremony concluded with an enthralling and mesmerising display of India martial arts of Kalyaripattu, Khukri dance and Malkhamb by soldiers of Indian Army and a massed martial arts display by the Chinese contingent. The exercise will terminate on 27 Nov 2016.

Earlier on 15 November, the Chinese contingent from the 13 Group Army, Chengdu Military Region comprising of one Infantry Company along with supporting staff landed at the Lohegaon airfield in two IL- 76 Aircrafts from China. The 13 day schedule is focused upon training on crossing of obstacles, special heliborne operations, firing of various weapons, handling & neutralization of improvised explosive devices and conduct of cordon & search operations in insurgency and terrorism environment.

The basic objective of the training is enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region.

Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)

Chief of The Air Staff Visits DG NCC RD Camp-2017

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) visited the NCC Republic Day Camp 2017 at Delhi Cantt today. On arrival, the Air Chief was received by the DGNCC, Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, VSM**.


The Chief of Air Staff reviewed a ‘Guard of Honour’ presented by the smartly turned out cadets from all the three wings of the NCC i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force. This was followed by a brilliant Band Display by the cadets.


The CAS also inspected the well laid out flag area prepared by the cadets from all 17 NCC Directorates depicting various Social Awareness themes.  He was given a crisp brief by the cadets on their respective models.


The CAS thereafter, visited ‘Hall of Fame’, a proud possession of NCC with display of rich archival collection of alumni photographs, models, motivational and other achievements of NCC.


The Air Chief along with other distinguished guests later witnessed a  ‘Cultural Programme’ by the talented cadets in the NCC auditorium.


Congratulating the cadets for their captivating cultural programme and soldierly alertness on parade, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa lauded the stellar role played by this premier organization in shaping the youth of our Nation through its motto of ‘Unity and Discipline” enabling them to shoulder the responsibilities of building a strong Nation.





The Assam Regiment Celebrates Platinum Jubilee

            Gen Dalbir Singh,  the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), presented the colours to the four young Battalions of the Assam Regiment; 16 & 17 ASSAM , 1 & 2 Arunachal Scouts in colour presentation parade led by Brig Sudhir Kumar Jha, Commandant, Assam Regimental Centre in presence of Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and other serving and veteran dignitaries at Assam Regimental Center, Shillong, Meghalaya today.


            The COAS also dedicated the expanded and renovated War Memorial to the Regiment. This war memorial was inaugurated on Nov 24, 1953 by Shri Bishnuram Medhi, Chief Minister of Assam . Etched on the hallowed walls are the names of 376 martyrs.  The expansion and renovation of the War Memorial was initiated in mid 2015 and took almost a year to complete. 


            The Assam Regiment that represents the Warrior Prowess of the Northeast is celebrating their Platinum Jubilee at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and erstwhile undivided province of Assam. The Regiment was primarily raised to quell the enemy aggression and defend a crucial part of Eastern borders of India. On the occasion of the raising on 15 Jun 1941, Sir Robert Reid, the Governor of Assam  said  “You are the living symbol of Assam’s martial ardour, the embodiment of her physical strength and I have no doubt your steadfastness, your bravery, your skills and your endurance will surpass all”.             


The First Battalion proved its mettle by winning six battle honours and theatre honour of Burma during World War II.  Soon after Independence, the Third Battalion demonstrated its prowess by winning a Theatre Honour of J&K 1947-48 in Keri Sector.  The Fifth Battalion put up a valiant fight in the battlefield of  CHHAMB in 1971 winning the Battle Honour CHHAMB and Theatre Honour J&K 1971.  The Fifth Battalion is the only Infantry Battalion to have been awarded this Battle Honour for unparalleled valour and sacrifice in this sector. 


            The Regiment has excelled in all other operations to include Op Rakshak, Op Rhino and Op Meghdoot.  It has also performed commendably in United Nation Mission at Cambodia, Congo and Lebanon. The Regiment has so far been awarded Nine Chief of the Army Staff Unit Citations, Twenty Three Army Commanders Unit Citations and Two United Nation Force Commander’s Unit Citations.


            In the field of games and sports, the Regiment has secured 27 Gold, 17 Silver and 14 Bronze medal at International level and 152 Gold, 132 Silver and 110 Bronze at National level. The Regiment won the coveted YBC Championship in 2005.  The marching contingent of The Assam Regiment was adjudged as the best Marching Contingent both in Army Day and Republic Day Parade 2016. The Assam Regiment Marching contingent was also adjuged as best Marching Contingent during Army Day Parade 1995, 2004 and 2008 respectively.






Col Rohan Anand, SM

PRO (Army)