Rashtriya Rifles have always been at the forefront of combating militancy in J&K State. It has not only marginalised the footprints of militancy in the region through relentless counter insurgency operations but has emerged as a force committed towards social causes by extending its mandate to rebuild the lives of people of J&K, in a unique attempt to apply healing touch through multi-faceted activities aimed at empowering them socially. To this effect, Delta Force has largely been successful in transforming the geographically alienated and under developed Chenab Valley region into a valley of peace, tranquillity and hope through its invaluable multi-dimensional goodwill programmes aimed at restoring self-worth and confidence amongst the people of this region. Inspired by the infallible urge of transforming lives, the Kishtwar based Rashtriya Rifles had organised a mega event in the form of ‘Half Marathon, Swachh Bharat and Plantation Drive’ to strengthen its resolve towards a ‘Clean and Green Kishtwar’.
The event was flagged off by Kishtwar based Rashtriya Rifles from the famous Chogan Ground – the crown of Kishtwar. The event witnessed a momentous turnaround of approximately 2000 people of all age group, participating in all events with full vigour and enthusiasm. The half marathon run for 11 KM was open to all youth participants (1200 young boys) beside organising 4 KM run for women and 3 KM walk for senior citizens with cash prizes (1st Prize – Rs.10,000/-, 2nd Prize – Rs.7,000/ & 3rd Prize – Rs.5,000/-) which were given to the winners in each categories. In line with the theme of ‘Clean & Green Kishtwar’ under ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, a ‘Cleanliness cum Plantation Drive’ was organised wherein 75 saplings were planted and eight 1500 ltrs capacity mobile garbage bins were handed over to civil administration for efficient management of garbage in Kishtwar town. Gulam Nabi Balwan, DC, Kishtwar and. Sandip Wazeer, SSP, Kishtwar who were present throughout the event, have expressed their gratitude towards Rashtriya Rifles for organising such a vivacious and spirited event which was able to stoke positive energy in the people of Kishtwar.