Doda, Sep 11: As part of continued drive to ameliorate the lives of locals and to ‘Reach Out’ to population in remote areas of Doda District, Army organised Horse Race for Gujjar and Bakkarwals community as well as Medical and Veterinary Camp at the lush green meadows of Padri Gali located in remote Bhadarwah area of Doda District.
With the onset of summers, every year thousands of Gujjars and Bakkarwals from different parts of Jammu & Kashmir congregate on the pastures and meadows located in the higher ridges of Bhadarwah sub-Division. Army has been organizing the event since 2012 to address the grievances and mainstreaming the nomadic population. It took a month-long preparation and continued the effort to organise this extremely popular event in the rugged terrain. A total of 210 Gujjar & Bakkarwal horse riders participated in the horse race conducted and was witnessed by more than 1500 locals who had gathered from all over Bhadarwah area for this unique event.
Medical and Veterinary Camp were also organised simultaneously. 470 Gujjars and Bakkarwals including ladies and children were provided medicine and medical care during the conduct of the medical camp. 320 animals including 820 sheep and 1400 goats were also screened & provided medical care. The event also included fun games for children, folk music, dance & amusement sports for adults. The General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) witnessed the event and celebrated with Gujjar & Bakkarwals.
Media personnel & Gujjars and Bakarwals present at Padri Gali appreciated the efforts of Army and civil administration and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all for the support and help rendered to them even at the remote location of District Doda.