Attestation parade was held today at 08:30 AM at Talekar Drill Square for the recruits of the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre. A total of 412 recruits of Group 6/17 &7/17 were attested after successful completion of their training and would soon be reporting for duty at different parts of the country in the service of the nation. The parade was commanded by Rect Awalekar Yogesh Balaso while the Parade Adjutant was Capt Robin Abraham.
The parade was reviewed by Brigadier Govind Kalwad, YSM, Commandant, The MARATHA Light Infantry Regimental Centre, Belagavi. The Young Soldiers took oath in the presence of the Tricolour and Regimental Colour to serve and protect the motherland even at the cost of their lives. It is a matter pride for the Rects 6/17 & 7/17 to be attested in the year 2018 as it is the 250th year of raising of MARATHA LI Regiment and also 100th year of sharquat Battle honour of Regimental Centre.
The Commandant in his address to the newly attested soldiers reminded them of this rich heritage and the glory of the Maratha Light Infantry, being one of the oldest infantry regiments of our army. He also stressed upon the importance of discipline and physical fitness in a soldier’s life. He exuded confidence in the training conducted at the Regimental Centre which he expressed would stand the young soldiers in good stead before wishing them the very best in their future assignments.
The Reviewing Officer awarded meritorious recruits for excelling in different spheres of training during the parade. Col RD Nikam Trophy instituted for the best performance by a Recruit of the attestation group in all spheres of training and cocurriculuar activities were awarded to Rect Jadhav Vinayak Digamber, who was also been awarded Namdev Jadhav Medal and Trophy for being best in firing. Sucha Singh Memorial Cup for being the best recruit displaying physical prowess and endurance in Outdoor Activities were awarded to Rect Deshmukh Shubham. Rect Patil Rakesh was awarded Colonel NJ Nair Medal for his outstanding performance in Field Craft i.e. being adept at the best use of ground and weapons. Major SS Brar Medal instituted for the Recruit being best in Physical Training was awarded to Rect Lavhate Vikram. Rect Mane Sagar Kantilal was awarded Subedar Honorary Captain Keshav Rao Talekar Medal & Trophy for best performance in Drill.
A host of Army officers including Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Rank, and families of the newly attested soldiers were present to witness the parade. The parents of the young soldiers proudly displayed ‘Gaurav Padak’ which they wore at the ceremony. The ceremony included the wreath laying at the War Memorial to honour the martyrs and culminated with tea for the newly attested soldiers and the audience.