Army`s Opn Sadbhavna ushers in new life in Ladakh
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 20:50
Kolkata: The Army's 'Operation Sadbhavna' in Ladakh has been able to usher in a new lease of life for many children and has ensured development in 190 villages with a population of 1.09 lakh along the 265 km border with PoK.

"The theme of the movement is the progress of the nation through building up confidence in the areas with the avowed objective of winning hearts of the people to overcome circumstances," Lt Anubhav Tiwari of the Seventh Sikh Light Infantry of 166 brigade of Indian army said today.

Lt Tiwari said that the local population in Ladakh has created mass awareness among students living along the border with PoK.

He escorted 25 students, between the age of 17 and 18, from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir here as part of 'Operation Sadbhavna'.

The operation, the world’s first civilian initiative to help and initiate peace through education and development, "has been successful in forestalling militancy in Ladakh, which is now a militancy-free zone," the students said.

"Any unknown face cannot escape the eyes of the locals. Information is immediately conveyed to the police. The confidence of the people is the lifeline of the armed forces operating on the borders," the students said.

The thrust areas of the operation include primary education through a network of 16 Sadbhavana schools.

Belle Vue clinic and Priyamvada Birla Aravind Eye Hospital of the M P Birla Group, are partners in the mission.


First Published: Wednesday, December 07, 2011, 20:50

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