ANS Valley Festival to promote sports, local culture and traditions was organized by Indian Army at Kotranka on
29 Nov 2022. The Festival started with effect from 25 Nov 2022, wherein sports events (Volleyball, Stone Lifting and Tug of War), Academic Events (Elocution) and Cultural Events (Solo Song, Patriotic Group Song, Group Dance and Solo Dance were conducted. More than 413 players participated actively in the events. Ex-servicemen, Widows and Veer Naris of the Battalion area of responsibility were also felicitated on the occasion.
ANS Valley Festival provided a platform to the local populace to showcase their talent. Senior Government and Military officials graced the event. In additions, to cater Medical requirements of Veer Nairs, Widows & Ex-servicemen a Medical Camp was also set up for the benefit of Veer Naris, Widows & Ex-servicemen.
Thirteen teams participated in Volleyball competition from the areas of Kotranka, Samote Targain Larkoti Tulli Kandi Banna, Draj, Budhal in Rajouri and Reasi Districts. The Volleyball competition was conducted on knock out basis. The final match of Volleyball competition was played between Govt Degree College Kotranka V/s Govt Higher Secondary School Samote. Govt Degree College, Kotranka won the Volleyball tournament.
Eleven teams participated in Tug of War competition from the areas of Kotranka Samote Kandi Larkoti Banna Budhal in Rajouri and Reasi Districts. The final match of Tug of War competition was played between Govt Higher Secondary School Samote V/s Govt Model Higher Secondary School, Kotranka. Govt Model Higher Secondary School, Kotranka team won the Tug of War competition. A total of 08 individuals participated in Stone Lifting and 139 students/participated in culture events.
Sh. Mohd Aslam Chaudary, JKPS, SSP Rajouri was the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony of ANS Valley Festival. The Chief Guest and Commanding Officer of Samote Army Felicitated the winners and runner up of various competition with prizes. While addressing the participants, the chief guest emphasized on the fact that sports plays a very important role in character building and highlighted that a healthy body is house for healthy mind.
A largest citizens including 137 students/participants 09 Guest and Ex-servicemen, Widows Veer Naris Teacher, and Locals witnessed the gripping finals of the ANS Valley Festival. The matches were played with immeasurable joy and happiness. Prominent locals, students, Teachers, Sarpanch and Panchs, elders and ex-servicemen have expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude towards Army for organizing this grand event. It will go a long way in bridging the gap between Army & AWAM.