The Minister said TA has a distinguished history and has been a bulwark for the nation in extremely challenging condition during war, counter insurgency operations as well as natural calamities. Over a period of time, Territorial Army has transformed from being a ‘Reserve’ to a motivated and trained force. He stated that the TA has its imprint over a vast geographical expanse and covers the entire span of our country including island territories, thereby effectively contributing to ‘unity in diversity’ of the country. The nation acknowledges the contributions and sacrifices made by our TA which has always risen to the challenge whenever it has been called upon to act for the security of the nation or for the service of our citizens, he added.
Earlier, Shri Parrikar inspected the parade and took salute from different TA contingents, which also included three tableaux depicting its pioneering role in preservation of eco-system and the nation’s rich bio-diversity, efforts in ensuring uninterrupted rail communication and smooth and efficient oil and natural gas refining and supplies.
The Defence Minister was received by the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh and Addl. Director General, TA Major General Surinder Singh.
The function was attended by a large number of senior officers from the three Services and Ministry of Defence, officers from friendly foreign countries and all ranks of TA.