A majestic Prime Minister’s Territorial Army Day Parade was organised to commemorate the 64th raising anniversary of Territorial Army at the Army Parade Ground here today. Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, as the chief guest in his speech complimented all the award winners and the Territorial Army fraternity for doing yeomen service to the nation as also for putting up a spectacular display of capabilities during the parade. Smartly turned out contingents marching in martial tunes and a large crowd added fervour and enthusiasm to the environment. In an impressive ceremony, The Minister reviewed the parade on behalf of the Prime Minister. The parade was attended by Chief of Army Staff, Gen Bikram Singh, Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and other civil and military dignitaries, including military and defence attachés from friendly foreign countries.
The parade, commanded by Colonel DS Chauhan, comprised 10 Marching Contingents, 15 Bands and Three Tableaus of Railway Engineer, Oil Sector & Ecological Territorial Army Units. Smartly marching to the martial tunes, the jawans of Territorial Army displayed outstanding drill movements and presented a brilliant march past. In addition, the PARA Territorial Army units demonstrated expert slithering techniques from Advance Light Helicopters (Dhruv).
Prominent personalities who witnessed the Territorial Army Day Parade include Brigadier (Retired) KP Singh Deo, former Union Minister, Hon. Lieutenant Sachin Pilot, Minister of State, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Major Doshehe Sema, former Minister of Nagaland and Major Manvendra Singh, former Member of Parliament. These eminent personalities, as active and retired members of this unique force, have contributed immensely in enhancing its popularity & image amongst the citizens of the nation. Over the years Territorial Army has become a force to reckon with and has augmented the Regular Army in all spheres. It comprises of Infantry, Home & Hearth, Oil Sector, Railway Engineer and Ecological Territorial Army units.