BCCI President and BJP lawmaker Anurag Thakur is all set to join the territorial army as lieutenant on 29 July. Lieutenant Anurag Thakur cleared Services Selection Board (SSB) and was found fit for joining the Territorial Army. The officer has been commissioned in 124 Inf Bn (TA) SIKH, a statement by the army said. Anurag Thakur becomes the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to join the military force.
He was conferred the ranks by Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag in a ‘Commissioning’ ceremony held at Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence at South Block in the presence of military dignitaries and his family members.
Lieutenant Anurag Singh Thakur later said at a separate event, “I think it is an honour to be in the Indian army. It was my childhood dream which has come true today. I come from Himachal Pradesh which is known as ‘veer bhoomi’ and many soldiers have scarified their life for the country, especially the first Param Vir Chakra awardee was from Himachal Pradesh Major Somnath Sharma.” report NDTV.
The Territorial Army is part of the Indian Army and manned by officers and men who are enlisted for training for two months in a year. Their actual role is during national emergencies like war and in support of the army when they relieve regular army for operations. The Territorial Army also guards vital installations like ammunitions dumps and airports, as also vital lines of communications.