It was victory through quality for him
Born on December 25, 1942, Major General Ashok Coomar belongs to an affluent family of eastern Uttar Pradesh. A childhood fascination along with his father’s profound knowledge of military affairs was his reason to join Indian Army.
General Coomar was commissioned into the Mahar Regiment of the Indian Army on 11th December, 1962. His first posting was at Sagar where his unit was being raised in the Regimental Centre. Due to the ongoing 1962 operations, the regiment was moved to the Sikkim border.
He later became Low Medical Category (LMC). During Bangladesh operations, he was in an Army Provost Unit in the east where his unit raised as ‘Prisoners of War’ Camp. Here he also had a brief interaction with Mukti Bahani.
He then underwent Technical Staff Course (TSC) and specialised in Design and Development of fighting vehicles from Institute of Armoured Technology at Pune.
He later sidetracked to erstwhile DGI, responsible for quality assurance of equipments/items being inducted into the Army. He was posted to the General Stores department, which was a relatively new field. He then did specialisation in General Stores, which is again a rare accomplishment for an infantry man.
He then had almost six years’ tenure at Calcutta, which was a turning point of sorts for him. He streamlined the process and ensured that quality of products being introduced met all the laid-down standards. He also introduced accountability at all levels.
Having a background of infantry and having operated at various terrains, he could well understand the importance of quality control. There were many instances where this dedicated son of the soil stuck to his guns and never let anyone compromise on the quality in matters related to the organisation. For him service and sincerity towards the organisation always came first.
He was the first infantry officer to sit in the Kashmir House. He was DQAE and was responsible for the quality assurance of nuclear, biological, warfare and fire fighting equipment for all defence forces. He was the pioneer in design and establishment of DQAE stall at the Defence Expo. He gave them the slogan of “Victory through Quality; Behind the scenes someone assures it!”
General and Mrs Coomar are now settled in Sehore. He is a national-level monitor of Ministry of Rural Development of the Government of India. He is also the member of Counsel for People’s Action and Rural Technology and working as a Facilitator cum Evaluator for them.
He is a member of Rajya Sainik Board Management Committee and is also the President of Ex-servicemen League, Sehore. We wish General Coomar and his family all the very best in life.