Baramulla : An Ex-Servicemen rally was organised today (17 September) by 32 RR under the aegis of 7 Sector RR at Watergam in Rafiabad. The rally provided an opportunity to the veterans to meet each other and renew their bonding. The event evoked a huge response from the veteran fraternity and their families. It was attended by 98 veterans including 11 family members from Rafiabad and neighbouring Qaziabad, Rajwar and Ramhal regions. The attendees included Mrs Zareena Akhtar, wife of late L Nk Gulam Mohd Khan of 12 JAK LI who was awarded Vir Chakra for bravery during the Kargil conflict in June 1999 and Mrs Shamina Begum, wife of late L Nk Rafiq Ahmed Khan of 161 Bn TA who was martyred while battling militants in Rafiabad in March 2006.
The programme commenced with the representative of the Zila Sainik Board, Baramulla making the participants aware about measures taken by the Army and the administration for their welfare. The Officer-in-Charge of ECHS Cell, informed the veterans about the medical facilities available and procedures for availing advanced medical treatment. Some of the veterans and their families also availed the facility of medical checkup which was organized by 32 RR during the rally.
On behalf of the GOC Kilo Force the Commander of 7 Sector RR, Brig DR Rai, VSM welcomed the participants and appreciated their immense contribution to the peace and harmony in the region. He said that the veterans and their families are a positive influence on the society and are a role model for the youth to follow. Having served the Country while in service, they have stood steadfast as a patriot after their retirement even during the most turbulent of times.
The Veterans Lunch was marked by nostalgia and bonhomie. As a recognition of the fact that people of Khamoh Village of Sialkot in Rafiabad had traditionally volunteered to serve the nation in the Army in large numbers, the Commander, 7 Sector presented two computers to the Ex-Servicemen Association of the village. He also presented 125 solar lights to Ex-Servicemen who hail from remote areas.
The veterans appreciated the initiative of the Army and reaffirmed their faith in the ethos of the organisation. The Commander thanked the veterans for their whole hearted participation in the event.
2015 Kashmir Despatch