1. It is both a pleasure and privilege to convey this message that I consider it a true honour to be a part of AWWA, which continues to evolve with time, reaching our Army wives across the spectrum and reflecting their aspirations.
2. AWWA symbolizes a unique bond which holds Army wives together and makes a significant contribution to our community. The commitment and dedication of our ladies have strengthened this bond further over the years. I look forward to interacting with this group and working cooperatively as we move ahead together in our quest to achieve our collective objectives of community welfare and growth.
3. I also take this opportunity to reflect upon the journey of AWWA. I have understood that the more you give, the more your receive surround yourself with positivity and you will generate happiness.
4. I have always believed that an empowered Woman is powerful beyond description as a torch bearer of AWWA. I wish to see the Army Wives empowered in every possible way as there is no tool for development of a society more effective than the empowerment of women.
AIM of AWWA
The aim of the AWWA, Eastern Command is to support and enhance the official welfare efforts within the army, focusing especially on the welfare of families, children and widows of all ranks and retired personnel of the army and also to take active part in the activation of central and state governments in their efforts towards national re-construction aimed at improving the living conditions of rural poor amongst the above category of persons and protecting the human rights violation of the army personnel and their families.
Objective : Regional AWWA
Registration of Eastern Command AWWA
Eastern Command AWWA was registered with register of societies of West Bengal on 09 Mar 1976, on submission of :-
(a) Memorandum of Association, Which defined the objectives & organisation of Eastern Command AWWA.
(b) Regulations Association of Eastern Command AWWA Which has rules for the Executive Committee.
The objectives of this Registered Association as per the Memorandum are :-
List of Welfare Activities
Key Result Areas
The thrust of AWWA, Eastern Command is in the following key result areas:-
Enlarged Objectives And Aspirations
AWWA Eastern Command has always put its best foot forward. In the process, it has grown leaps and bounds with the passage of time. As always, our efforts have been directed towards making AWWA Eastern Command all inclusive and contribute purposefully towards our families.
We have taken two major initiatives to improve the well being quotient of our families. The first is to provide for better health protection and safety of our families.. Our families have taken maximum advantage from the medical camps, well women clinic etc being organised by medical agencies from time to time at various location. Our welfare committees are also regularly meeting the patients in hospitals. The smile they bring to lips of the suffering patients after a motivational interactive session or a game of tombola is just priceless.
Addition of new courses in ASTC such as NTT , personality development, yoga for families, and spoken English classes, tuitions for critical subject such as physics, maths etc in the Hobby Centre have immensely contributed towards this initiative. A major step has been initiated to get affiliated to PMVKY.
The Asha Schools continue to remain an important component of our all inclusive programme. Apart from serious attention being paid to academics, initiatives have been taken in this period for a number of educative workshops and interactions with other institutes. We are in the process of motivating the parents to think beyond 18 years. We will positively provide adequate opportunity to them
AWWA Eastern Command, the ‘Sunrise’ family, remains determined to reach its desired goals through untiring efforts, coordinated teamwork and relentless pursuit.
AWWA Helpline in Kolkata
AWWA HELPLINE Kolkata was inaugurated by Mrs Mala Jamwal, President AWWA, Eastern Command,at Strand Road gate (St.George’s gate), Fort William, on 12 May 2007. HQ Eastern Command provide assistance to wives of serving personnel and Veer Naris. While basic assistance and guidance are provided in all types of cases, marital discord cases are specially dealt by counsellors at AWWA help line. It functions twice a week i.e Mondays and Thursdays between 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs.
Patient Welfare Committee
Patient Welfare Committee visits Command Hospital every month. They interact with the patients and inquire about their well-being. The overall hygiene and cleanliness of the ward is observed and suggestions from the patients are intimated for executive action. Patients welfare activities like games, tambola, celebration of imp festivals, birthdays, origamy etc are organised regularly.
AWWA Driving School
AWWA driving school Kolkata has been established for training families of officers, JCOs and OR. It also helps all ranks and their dependents to acquire civil driving licence. The school continues to be well subscribed by JCOs/OR and their families.
Asha School Kolkata was established on 01 Sep 1992 to provide education, care and rehabilitation for the differently abled children of defence personnel and civilians. The school is being run under arrangements of Eastern Command, Army Wives Welfare Association. Asha School is located at Command Hospital Complex, Alipore, Kolkata. The school is presently being run by Ordnance Depot, Kolkata since 2008. There are three Asha Schools in our command theatre, namely, at Kolkata, Guwahati and Shillong. Latest therapies and various activities like speech thgerapy, sensory therapy, Hydro therapy, play eqpt, sensory room etc have been incorporoted to make the students confident, independent, & self reliant.
Executive Committee Meet
This meeting is held every month, presided over by the Regional President. All the chairpersons highlight progress of their activities undertaken during the month. Proper records are maintained and perused to ensure continued monitoring of pending cases.
Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC)
To fulfil societal and organisational obligation of empowering our women, ASTC plays the most vital role by building skill among the families of serving fraternity, wives of ex-servicemen and Veer Naris. Various vocational classes such as tailoring, embroidery, computers, music, dance, english speaking, nursery teachers training, bag making, flower making, candle making etc are conducted in all the ASTCs of the formation. Two courses, Sewing Machine Operator course and Asst Beauty Therapist Course, are condected in the Skill Training Centres.
Innovative Digital Village at ASTC
(a) As per guidance from Regional President, AWWA, EC, Mrs Bibha Krishna, the Digital village theme displayed by ECSR during Diwali Mela is to be permanently displayed in ASTC, Fort William. The props, models and the theme used by ECSR in Diwali Mela were appraised by every visitor and it was a big hit.
(b) Digital Village is Prime Minister Mr Narenra Modi’s vision to uplift the lives of villagers towards Digitalization, Education & Empowerment. ASTC has already adopted the concept of skill India, PMKVY Project under the aegis of NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation).
1. Opening Address. The event commenced with an opening address given by CO, 6/1 GR, wherein he emphasized on the learning value that can be accrued from the summer camp and also the safety and security instructions related to it. 72 children attended the same. The event was followed by a small tea party and a group photograph.
2. Unarmed Combat Techniques. The kids were exposed to the nuances of self defence and were taught few unarmed combat techniques. Children were taught to punch kick, strike knees, strike elbows and various open hand techniques such as spear hands, knife hands, palm hills strikes, throws, joint locks and grappling. The children were made to sweat and enjoy on the opening day in a traditional way of military training.
3. Air Rifle and Air Pistol Firing. Air rifle and pistol shooting was conducted at indoor shooting range, Dipatoli military station. Children were made to launch projectiles pneumatically with compressed gases using the both air rifles and air pistol on a competitive field target as part of recreational shooting. A small firing competition was also held for various age group to check the hidden talent of the kids.
4. Dance and Khukhri Dance. In the afternoon session, 66 kids enjoyed learning Bollywood dance steps and also steps of traditional Khukhri dance. The movements were strictly under the supervision of staff members nominated for the event. The kids were enthralled with the Khukhri dance and seen fondly practicing the steps on their own on subsequent days of the camp.
5. Yoga. Yoga when presented in children language can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a fast-moving world. 66 children of the Brahmastra Corps were able to reap enormous benefits from yoga taught by Nb Sub Mohan Singh Rana. Their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness was a treat to watch. In addition their concentration and sense of calmness was adequately visible during the practice.
6. Shramdan. The kids were exposed to the values of cleanliness in day to day life. All 72 participants carried out shramdan and cleared designated areas. The children were also involved in planting fruit bearing and native trees in the existing landscape near RP gate of 6/1 GR.
7. Picnic. Picnic for 32 tiny tots (below 10 years and above 5 years) was organized at CEPTA, Dipatoli. Games, drawing and singing competitions were organized which was followed by a classical picnic lunch for kids. It was nothing but a fun filled experience not only for the kids but also the ladies and troops who accompanied them.
8. Treasure Hunt. This was the most liked event for the participants. They were taught basics of navigation through compass and GPS prior to the actual hunt. The children were organised in groups of 4-6 and made to sweat over a stretch of three kilometer long path amidst vegetation and hot sun with tough clues. It was heartening to find the kids unearthing all the hidden treasure with in the allotted time. The occasion was also graced by Mrs Mukta Hasabnis, Zonal President AWWA and Mrs Smita Chandra, Zonal Vice President AWWA. The event also coincided with the birthday of one of the participants and it was celebrated with lot of enthusiasm. All 76 kinds who participated in it also enjoyed juice, water and sumptuous spread during lunch time.