Infantry Battalion (TA) Ecological to carry out afforestation and allied activities in Marathwada.
Pune: In-principle approval has been accorded for raising an Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) Ecological under the aegis of Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) at Aurangabad for carrying out afforestation and allied activities in consultation with Forest Department, Government of Maharashtra, for the Marathwada region.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was carried out at Khultabad, about 20 km from Aurangabad, by Forest Minister of Maharashtra, Sudhir Mungantiwar on Tuesday.
The event was followed by plantation of 3,000 saplings jointly by Army personnel, State Forest Department and others present at the site.
The event was witnessed by State Legislative Assembly Speaker Hari Bhau Bagade, Divisional Commissioner Aurangabad Dr Purushottam Bhapkar, Chief Conservator of Forest Department PK Mahajan, Colonel Rameshwar Sharma from Station Headquarters Aurangabad, Territorial Army (TA) Group Headquarters Southern Command Deputy Commander Colonel Venkatesh P and one staff officer from TA Directorate, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army).
A large number of Army personnel, National Cadet Corps cadets, representatives of Cantonment Board and State Forest department joined hands in carrying out plantation of saplings in the reclaimed area in Aurangabad Cantonment.
The English raised the Territorial Army in 1920 and it comprised two wings, ‘The Auxiliary Force’ for Europeans and Anglo-Indians, and ‘The Indian Territorial Force’ for Indian volunteers.
After Independence the Territorial Army Act was passed in 1948 and the first Indian Governor General C Rajagopalachari inaugurated the Territorial Army. The Territorial Army is a part of Regular Army and its present role is to relieve the regular Army from static duties and assist civil administration in dealing with natural calamities and maintenance of essential services in situations where life of the communities is affected or the security of the country is threatened and to provide units for the regular Army as and when required.
The TA units were actively involved in 1962, 1965 and 1971 Wars.