Army Heaps Praise On Youth Efforts

4 October 2014
The Asian Age

Srinagar: A senior Army commander on Saturday assured the people of the Kashmir Valley caught in deep crises in the aftermath of recent devastating floods that it is committed to do its bit in rehabilitation and reconstruction work. 'I'm sanguine that our collective effort would strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and amity, which are the hallmarks of Kashmir. We pray that Almighty Allah bestows upon us with all the strength to overcome the recent disaster and assist us in rehabilitation, reconstruction and in ensuring conducive environment for peace and prosperity in the Valley,' said Lt. Gen. Subrata Saha, the GoC of Srinagar-based 15 (Chinar) Corps of the Army in his customary goodwill message on the eve of Id-ul-Zuha. Earlier the Army commander told reporters on the sidelines of a function that Army 'salutes' the efforts put in by the youth of the Valley in the rescue operation. He said if it were not for the young men, the force would not have been able to effectively accomplish the mission of rescuing people. 'Probably, it is my men on the ground who have actually seen how effective and how important the role of the youth was. Every second or third boat of mine went to the local volunteers. If it was not for these local youths, who had guided us to reach the places, I cannot say how we would have been able to accomplish the mission,' Lt. Gen. Saha said. Replying questions, he also said that 'as far as the Army is concerned, it salutes the efforts put in by the youth, (both) with us and also by themselves. We are deeply conscious because we have seen it with our own eyes.' He added, 'My own officers and men have conveyed this to me at various forums at all places and they all had lots of tales to tell of the great, great efforts of the youth.' He also said that the people of the Valley deserve 'all the respect and admiration' for what they did during the floods.