A majestic Prime
Minister`s Territorial Army Day Parade was held here today. Martial
tunes, smartly turned out contingents and a large crowd added fervour
and enthusiasm to the environment. The Parade was held to commemorate 63
Glorious years of the Territorial Army. In an impressive ceremony, the
Defence Minister Shri AK Antony, reviewed the parade on behalf of the
Prime Minister. The parade was also attended by Minister of State for
Defence Dr MM PallamRaju, Chief of Air Staff, Chief of Army Staff and
other civil and military dignitaries, including military and defence
attaches fromforeign countries.
The parade, commanded by Col DS Chauhan, comprised of 10 Marching
contingents, 14 bands and four tableaus of Railways, Oil Sector,
Ecological Task Force and General Hospital.Smart drill movements and
exhilarating march past by the Terriers of Citizen`s Army, filled the
spectators with a feeling of national pride. In addition, the Para
Territorial Army units demonstrated expert slithering techniques from
Advanced Light Helicopters.
Terrotorial Army has grown from a fledging force at the time of
independence to a force to reckon with comprising Infantry Territorial
Army, Home & Hearth Territorial Army, Oil Sector Territorial Army,
Railway Engineer Territorial Army, General Hospitals Territorial Army
and Ecological Territorial Army. Prominent personalities also came
forward to join the Territorial Army and have donned the uniform. Those
who attended today’s parade included Lt Col (hon) KapilDev, Lt Sachin
Pilot and Brig KP Singh Deo.
The Defence Minister complemented all Terriers for doing yeoman service
to the nation as also for putting up a splendid display of capabilities.
On this occasion, Shri Antony also gave away the awards to seven
officers and Jawans for their outstanding contribution in Territorial
Following is the text of the speech delivered by Shri Antony on the
“Today, on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Territorial Army,
I extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all serving, as
well as retired officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, brave soldiers
of Territorial Army, as well as their family members. I take this
opportunity to convey the felicitations from our Prime Minister,
Dr.Manmohan Singh to all the Terriers and their family members.
The Territorial Army was formally inaugurated on this day in 1949. Since
then, this day is being celebrated as Prime Minister`s Territorial Army
Day Parade every year. It gives me pleasure and great satisfaction to
have reviewed the Territorial Army Day Parade of such a high standard.
The Territorial Army has a great responsibility in augmenting the
regular Army, be it during times of war, or war¬like situation, or in
the wake of natural calamities. The nation appreciates the high standard
of professionalism shown by our Citizen Soldiers.
Terriers have been deployed across the length and breadth of our nation.
Territorial Army units have displayed courage and showed extraordinary
devotion and commitment during the 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars, in
Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka, in Operation Vijay during Kargil conflict.
Today, they are actively participating in counter-insurgency affected
areas of J&K and North East.
Territorial Army has provided assistance in the maintenance of essential
services. Its departmental units have provided service during national
emergencies. At a time when the world is faced with ecological
degradation and global warming, the Ecological (TA) Battalions are one
of their kind units in the world that have taken up the challenge of
environmental upliftment through tree plantation. `Eco Warriors` are a
living testimony to "Go Green" slogan of the Earth. The Ecological Task
Forces have also done commendable work in the field of afforestation and
ecological restoration. To its credit, the Force has gained an entry
into the `Guinness Book of World Records` for plantation of maximum
trees by a body of men in a day. It speaks volumes about their
dedication and commitment to the environmental cause.
It is a matter of great satisfaction that prominent personalities have
come forward to join the Territorial Army and have donned the uniform
for the national cause. The latest induction has been Shri Sachin Pilot,
who has been commissioned into the Territorial Army. By becoming active
members of the Territorial Army, such eminent personalities not only
enrich the organisation, but also contribute to enhance the image of the
Force among the youth of the nation. You must also think of more
innovative measures to attract the youth to join this voluntary
organisation. Prime Minister`s Territorial Army Day Parade gives the
countrymen an opportunity to see the Terriers in full glory, marching
with military precision. I am confident that the high standards of your
parade will motivate the citizens to join the Citizen`s Army and serve
Last but not the least, I congratulate all the award winners today. I
once again compliment all of you for the high standards exhibited at
today`s Parade. I am sure that all the personnel of the Territorial Army
will continue to work with dedication and commitment to take this
voluntary to higher levels of glory and achievements. With these words,
I once again congratulate the TA fraternity for the 63rd anniversary and
wish the celebrations all success.”