Defence institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), an establishment of DRDO, on Sunday organised “Ladakh Kisan-Jawan –Vigyan Mela” at DIHAR detachment Partapur in Jammu & Kashmir with a view to dessiminate relevant agro-animal technicalities from laboratory to land for the benefit of Jawans and Kisan.
DIHAR has been engaged in research, development and extension activity in the field of agriculture, horticulture, cold desert flora, poultry and other allied field in Nubra/Shyok valley.
The chief guest for the event was Commander Siachen Brigade and vice chancellor of Din Dayal vetiernary and animal science university (Mathura) was the guest of honour. Other dignatries present were officers from state administration, executive councilors from LAHDC and Army officers and personnel. A speech delivered by Director DIHAR Dr Bhuvnesh Kumar and then guest of honour and the chief guest. A cultural programme was performed by the children of Army Goodwill School, Partapur and Government middle school, Skampuk.
“Army weapons and equipment were at display in the Mela for the local population under the ‘Know your Army’ banner in which children in particular were seen very thrilled to witness,” Army spokesperson Col SD Goswami said.
He said that Army undertakes many social activities and initiatives the benefit of local populace of Jammu & Kashmir.
Recently a medical camp was organized at village Mangiote by Rashtriya Rifle battalion based at Kalal under the aegis of Uniform Force Headquarters. “Six specialist doctors from army and state health department, in field of obstetrics & gynecology, surgery, medicine and dental attended extended their services by providing expert medical diagnosis and prescriptions to patients suffering from many ailments. Free medicine was provided to the patients,” Goswami said. A poster cum photo display on Swachh Bharat Campaign was also part of the event wherein, the villagers were advised on the benefits of cleanliness and personal hygiene.Approximately 500 locals from the villages of Mangiote, Siyal, Gagrote, Simbal, Seri, Kalal and Beri Pattan availed benefits from the daylong goodwill medical camp.
Sarpanch of Gagrote village thanked the Rashtriya Rifle and the civil administration on behalf of all the beneficiaries.
‘Sadbhavna’ in Saspol & Sumdhachun Villages
Army’s Fire and Fury Artillery Brigade also conducted a medical camp under ‘Operation Sadbhavna’ for the villagers of Saspol, under Saspol Tehsil. The medical camp offered medicines free of cost to the patients and also extended specialized medical advice on Eye care, Gynecology, Dental and General Medication. During the event essential furniture were donated to newly constructed village community centre at Sumdhachun village by Artillery Brigade under operation Sadbhavna, which too was well appreciated by one and all present during the event.
The Rashtriya Rifles under aegis of Uniform Force Headquarter conducted an afforestation drive by incorporating the “school students” to spread the message of “Cleaner & Greener India” wherein, the Schools will look after the part of the forest after planting saplings till the trees are fully grown. The unique project undertaken by Kalal based Rashtriya Rifles in conjunction with the students of all the schools at Bareri, Deing, Mangiote, Siyal, Gagrote, Simbal, Seri, Kalal and Beri Pattan made an endeavour to improve the biodiversity in their area by owning a part of the local forest. The afforestration drive in conjunction with forest department has resulted in plantation of more than 2500 trees including 700 fruit bearing saplings in the area till now.