The Defence Minister
Shri Manohar Parrikar presented the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation
for the best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS)
for the year 2016 to INHS Asvini, Mumbai here today. Commandant of INHS
Asvini Mumbai, Surgeon Rear Admiral Ravi Kalra received the awards from
the Minister on behalf of the Hospital. The Command Hospital (Southern
Command), Pune and Command Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur were
jointly adjudged the second best Service Hospitals. The Defence Minister
gave away the trophies and citations to the Commandant, Command Hospital
(Southern Command) Pune, Maj General R Grewal and Commandant, Command
Hospital (Northern Command) Udhampur, Maj General N Naithani.
Congratulating the award winners the Defence Minister praised the yeoman
service being rendered by the AFMS over the years both in war and peace.
He stated that the Ministry is putting constant efforts to modernize the
medical establishments of the Armed Forces. Shri Parrikar complimented
the AFMS for the excellent work in provision of contemporary and
comprehensive healthcare and expressed hope that it will continue to
perform with the same zeal and energy to achieve the goals and
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 function was also attended by the Chief of the Army Staff General
Bipin Rawat and several Senior Officers from the three Services and the
Ministry of Defence.