The 'Reach out programme' of the army will culminate in an 'Ex-servicemen contact meet' to be organised by 6th Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry at Ferozepur, Jalandhar and Pathankot, on July 20, 22 and 24, respectively, and adopting deserving old-age ex-servicemen by the battalion.
During the meet, all ex-servicemen would also be educated on various benefits and assistance available through the state and central governments, read a release issued by the army authorities.
The 6th Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee of Raising on October 1, 2013.
The battalion was raised by Lt Col PK Nandgopal (retd), MVC, at Meerut on October 1, 1963. Immediately on its raising, the unit played a major role in thwarting the Pakistani juggernaut in the Chhamb Sector in 1965.
Having suffered heavy casualties while denting the Pakistani offensive, the battalion regrouped immediately and was tasked with the recapture of Kalidhar feature.
The daring assault on the feature and the successful completion of the task, against all odds, earned the battalion the Battle Honour of 'KALIDHAR'.
The battalion, after having earned glory in 1965 and 1971 wars, subsequently contributed immensely in combating insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir.
The unit was awarded with the prestigious J&K Governors' Silver Salver and Unit Citations by the GOC-in-C, Northern Command, and Chief of the Army Staff in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
Considering the excellent operational record, the battalion was nominated to serve under the UN flag in United Nations Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo. Due to with commendable efforts, the unit was awarded with Unit Citations from the Force Commander.
To commemorate the invaluable sacrifices made by officers, JCOs and ORs of the battalion in the service of nation in last 50 years, the battalion had undertaken a 'Reach out programme' to attend to the concerns of its ex-servicemen.
The arduous task of contacting each one of the 2,760 ex-servicemen and the war widows commenced with multiple Junior Commissioned Officer-led teams, reaching out to the ex-servicemen and their families at various villages in Punjab, with effect from this March.
On having collated the problems being faced by them and listened to their concerns, efforts were undertaken to settle the issues by approaching the concerned authorities.