Pune, Nov 25 : Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, conveyed his best wishes to the serving and retired personnel of the Pioneer Corps on their 78th Raising Day and lauded them for their selfless devotion and dedication to duty towards the Indian Army and the nation.
The Pioneer Corps is one of the oldest Corps of the Indian Army and has a glorious history spanning over two centuries. The origin of Pioneers dates back to 1758 in Madras Presidency where the first Pioneer Company was formed. Pioneers were employed in various military campaigns in India and abroad and they were highly regarded for their determination and resolve to complete the assigned task against all opposition. The reorganization of Pioneer Corps commenced on 24 June 1940 and 25 November 1941 is celebrated as the Raising Day of the Pioneer Corps.
At the time of the partition, the Pioneers contributed substantially in tackling the refugee problem. Pioneer Corps played a vital role in maintaining the supply of all stores during World War I, World War II and all conflicts post-independence. The Pioneer Corps is instrumental in maintaining troops at Ladakh and Kargil sector by air and a number of posts in Mizoram, Manipur and Nagaland, a defence press statement said.
Pioneer Corps personnel have been decorated with 47 Honours and Awards during pre-independence and 347 post-independence, including three Kirti Chakras, six Shaurya Chakras and three Sena Medals. The Corps has produced outstanding sportsmen and have contributed effectively in National and International sports events. In keeping with the motto “Shram Sarva Vijayee”, the Corps is poised to meet the increasingly challenging tasks in the years to come, it added. (UNI)