At the Bana Singh Parade Ground in Srinagar , 614 recruits completed a year of rigorous training and joined the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. The regiment recruits youths from Jammu and Kashmir and this time a record number of youths chose this path of national defense.
This is another great proof of the liberation from the clutches of terrorism and the inclusion of ordinary Kashmiri in the mainstream of the country. The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry recruits soldiers from every region and religion of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. In this batch, recruit Sahir Kumar was selected as the best recruit of all time and he was awarded Triveni Singh Medal with Shere Kashmir Sword of Honor.
There, recruit Irshad Ahmed Dar was selected as the best firefighter and Chewang Renechen Medal was awarded. Chinar Corps Commander Le. General D.P. Pandey said more and more youths from Kashmir were joining the security forces and their families were encouraging them.
The Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment has a long and glorious history. It was set up as a Jammu and Kashmir militia during the Pakistan Army and tribal invasions in 1947 to organize local youth in various places like Jammu, Leh and Nubra and give them the responsibility to stop the aggressors.
After the Sino-Indian war of 1962, Ladakh Scouts were formed from two battalions of this militia. After the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war, the militia was made a regular regiment of the Indian Army in 1972 and renamed the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment in 1976.
The same regiment also got the honor of defeating Siachen and for this Captain Bana Singh was awarded the Paramvir Chakra for gallantry. This regiment has so far received 1 Param Vir Chakra, 2 Ashoka Chakra, 10 Mahavir Chakra, 34 Veer Chakra and 4 Shaoria Chakra.