National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 23 February 2018
Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman today presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies to the Punjab Regiment and the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) who participated at the Republic Day Parade on 26 January 2018 at the historic Rajpath, New Delhi. Commandant, the Punjab Regiment Centre Brigadier Sanjeev Soni received the Trophy on behalf of the Punjab Regiment while Director General RK Pachnanda received the trophy on behalf of ITPB. Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the two contingents for their excellent performance and for receiving the trophies.
The function was attended by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre, the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and other senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, the three Services and Ministry of Home Affairs.
On the auspicious occasion of 69th Republic Day, the marching contingent of one of the oldest regiments of Indian Army, the Punjab Regiment participated amongst other contingents wherein one Officer, two Junior Commissioned Officers and 144 Other Ranks from all the units of the regiment displayed unmatched talent and glory. The Punjab Regiment Republic Day Contingent was earlier adjudged the Best Marching Contingent in the year 1993.
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