President applauds Ladakh Scouts, tells them to guard India’s sovereignty

The President complimented the Ladakh Scouts personnel for their outstanding performance in all spheres.

cities Updated: Aug 21, 2017 15:23 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Ram Nath Kovind,President of India,Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre
President Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the President’s Colours to Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre and all five battalions of the Regiment on Aug 21, 2017 at Leh.(PRO Defence)

The President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday applauded Ladakh Scouts and asked them to guard the nation’s sovereignty against all odds in the true spirit signified by the Colours presented to the Regiment.

Kovind this morning presidents President’s colours to the Ladakh Scouts Regiment here.

Northern Command stated that the President presented President’s Colours to Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre and all five battalions of the Regiment at Leh.

“A ceremonial parade was conducted as per the highest military traditions of the Indian Army which was attended by a spectrum of civil and military dignitaries including the Governor and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief of The Army Staff, GOC-in-C Northern Command, GOC 14 Corps besides a large number of serving and retired personnel witnessed the grand ceremony,” said a top Army officer.

President Ram Nath Kovind in Leh. (PRO Defence)

Raised as Nubra Guards in 1948, amalgamated into the Indian Army as regular troops in 1963 and restructured as an Infantry Regiment in the year 2000 post Operation VIJAY, the Ladakh Scouts have carved a niche for themselves in the annals of history of the Indian Army.

The President complimented the Ladakh Scouts personnel for their outstanding performance in all spheres and their exceptional valour and sacrifice while upholding the sovereignty of the Nation in Ladakh region especially in the Siachen Glacier.

“He appreciated the exceptional gallantry and indomitable courage displayed by the brave Nunnus during all major wars and operations since Independence which have earned them 605 gallantry and distinguished service awards besides, battle honours of Batalik and Turtuk, theatre honour Kargil and the coveted chief of the army staff banner for valour and sacrifice, making them one of the most decorated regiments of the Indian Army,” said the officer.

President also released a documentary movie on Col Sonam Wangchuk, MVC and also interacted with the veterans and Veer Naris, besides the gallantry awardees and complimented them.

He exhorted all personnel to continue to striving hard in pursuit of excellence in all spheres and take a solemn vow to defend the sovereignty of the Nation against all odds in the true spirit signified by the Colours presented to the Regiment, added the officer.

First Published: Aug 21, 2017 15:23 IST