At 7.20 Wednesday morning, Brigadier Samir Salunke, Commander of the Military Station, Pangode here, flagged off an expedition which would traverse more than 2,000 kilometres across south India promoting national integration and motivating youngsters to join the Indian Army.
The nine-day Dakshin Maitrey Rally (Multimode South India Adventure cum Perception Management Rally) is being conducted to mark the 50th Raising Day of the 96 Field Regiment.
The rally is being led by Lieutenant Anurag Varma, and consists of one Junior Commissioned Officer and ten soldiers of the regiment. The rally will traverse different parts of the four southern states using the modes of motorcycle, cycle and backwater rafting and culminate at Secunderabad after covering 2,100 km in nine days, a Defence spokesperson said.
The 96 Field Regiment, which is an artillery regiment, has its headquarters in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
‘’Apart from promoting a spirit of adventure, the rally is aimed at promoting national integration and motivating the youth of south India to join the armed forces. It will also be reaching out to the ex-servicemen and next of kin of valiant martyrs to render all possible support,’’ the spokesperson said.
En route, the team will organise road shows and seminars to sensitise rural youth about the role of the Indian Army and career opportunities in the armed forces.
Military Station Deputy Commander Colonel C S Unnithan, 7 Madras Regiment Commanding Officer Col Dushyant Jolly and other officers were present at the flag-off function held at the 19 JAK Regiment Ground.