As part of annual ‘Atoot Bandhan’ initiative, this unit organises felicitation program for the Veer Naris every year. However, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and various advisories on the subject, it was not prudent to organise such a large gathering. Therefore, this year the event was conducted virtually. In that, the Veer Naris were not required to travel physically to the venue and had participated online via video-conferencing.
Necessary co-ordination was done by the volunteers from the battalion to facilitate the event. Memento and cash incentive of Rs. 11,000/- was presented to the Veer Naris by these volunteers on behalf of the battalion. To make this event possible the volunteers of the battalion travelled all the way from Machhal to Madurai in Tamilnadu, Bhavnagar & Vadodara in Gujrat, Gorakhpur (UP), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Sangrur (Punjab), Ujjain (MP), Jhunjhunu & Bhilwara in Rajasthan and Satara, Sangali, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Parbhani, Beed & Mumbai in Maharashtra. They also apprised the families regarding the activities of the unit and about the various welfare schemes and provisions by the Government of India, State Government & the Indian Army. The grievances and difficulties faced by the Veer Naris were also noted for resolution.
This unit has served in Uri, Baramulla and Machhal (Kupwara) since raising in year 2004 and this was the first time in the history that local Kashmiri Youth had participated in the event and felicitated the Veer Naris on the behalf of Kashmiri Awaam. Patriotic Kashmiri citizens have physically travelled to the location of events all the way from Kashmir to express gratitude and pay their respect to the soldiers’ families who were martyred for the cause of the Kashmir.