To strengthen security situation at ground level in the hinterland, Army is providing weapon training to Village Defence Committee (VDC) members in Jammu province, an official said.
He said, “Army regularly meets VDC members in most remote areas of Jammu province, where anti-national elements always try to revive militancy.”
“During these interactions VDC members are provided training to handle weapons and they are also made aware about important aspects of surveillances,” they added. “The VDC members have been asked to keep close watch on activities in and around their areas and inform local police or army unit in case of any suspicious activity or movement,” they added.
“Interactions with VDC members is regular feature for Army,” said, Lieutenant colonel Abhinav Navneet, defence spokesperson of Udhampur based Northern Command.
“One such programme was organized at Samote, Rajouri, where VDC members were imparted training about weapon handling and cleaning. They were also aware about musketry, firing positions and minor repairs of weapons,” he said. “Locals were appreciative of such meeting and training session which not only enhance the bond between the Army and people but also boost the morale of the locals which helps in maintaining peace and harmony in the region,” he added.