The equipment was handed over to a rehabilitation centre "Chotay Taray Foundation" for the welfare of the children with special needs and as a "goodwill gesture" by the force.

The items, including wheelchairs, furniture, sports kits, stationery, bags and gas heaters, were handed over to the foundation on behalf of the General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps, General Gurmeet Singh.

Army said these children were very special for the force and it was "at the centre of the heart of the Corps Commander" to help these children and youth.

The force said it does not want these children to lag behind in fulfilling their dreams.

"Army wants to take up such programmes unconditionally and genuinely help in the fulfilment of the aspirations of such children and youth," it said.

The foundation has been working as a day-care centre for the rehabilitation of such children and at present 65 differently-abled children, belonging to the age-group three years to 20 years, are enrolled in the centre.

The Centre imparts speech and behavioural therapy to the children and involves them in various vocational activities.

Army officers felicitated in Jaipur

Army officers and Jawans were today honoured with gallantry and distinguished services awards in an Investiture Ceremony organized by the Army's Southern Command at Jodhpur military station.

Southern Army Command Lt Gen Ashok Singh felicitated the officers in the ceremony held to mark Army day.

The awards presented were three Yudh Seva Medals, 14 Sena Medals (Gallantry), 12 Vishisht Seva Medals, one Bar to Sena Medal (Distinguished) and three Sena Medals (Distinguished).

"The recipients of gallantry awards exhibited bravery and valour of an exceptional order while discharging their duties in various parts of the country, including the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, the impenetrable forests of the North-East and even under the flag of UN in Congo," Defence Spokesperson Col S D Goswami said.

Lt Gen Singh bestowed the 'Southern Army Commander's Unit Appreciation' on 12 units of the Southern Command for their meritorious and outstanding performance.

Eastern Command observes Army Day

The Eastern Command paid rich tributes to martyrs while marking the 66th Army Day.

Lt Gen M M S Rai, Eastern Army commander, laid a wreath at Vijay Smarak in Fort William on the occasion to remember the sacrifices made by the martyrs.


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