The Raksha Mantri`s Trophy and citation for the Best Service Hospital and 2nd Best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services were presented by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar here today. The awards were received by Maj Gen T K Saha, Commandant, Command Hospital (SC) Pune for Best and Maj Gen A K Das, Commandant of Command Hospital (CC) Lucknow for the 2nd Best Service Hospital at a ceremony in the Defence Ministry, which was attended by the Chief of Army Staff, Defence Secretary and other important service and civilian dignitaries.
The Defence Minister praised the yeoman service being rendered by the Armed Forces Medical Services over the years both in war and peace. He complemented all members of Command Hospital (SC), Pune and Command Hospital (CC), Lucknow and the entire Armed Forces Medical Services for excellent work in provision of contemporary and comprehensive healthcare. DG AFMS Lt Gen BK Chopra, while speaking on the occasion highlighted the modernisation programme of the Medical Services and reassured that the Armed Forces Medical Services is fully prepared to meet any challenge.
The Raksha Mantri`s Trophy was instituted in 1989 to create a healthy competition among the Command Hospitals of the Army and its equivalent Hospitals in the Navy and Air Force. The Best and Second Best hospital are adjudged on the basis of a number of objective criteria by a Committee headed by DCIDS (Med). The Joint Secretary (O/N), Min of Defence is also a member of the Committee.