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The Eight Maratha Light Infantry is celebrating its golden jubilee with a 1,800-km cycle expedition.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL
The Eight Maratha Light Infantry is celebrating its golden jubilee with a 1,800-km cycle expedition.— PHOTO: D.B. PATIL

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations, the Eight Maratha Light Infantry has embarked upon a challenging feat, a cycling expedition from Belgaum to Kota in Rajasthan.

The 15-member team kicked off their 1,800-km adventure on Tuesday.

According to Lt.Col. Nawal Joshi, public relations officer, Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC), Belgaum, the ‘Eight MLI’ personifies the image of the Indian Army’s great saga of valour and sacrifice. It will complete its fifty historic years on October 1, a moment of great pride for the entire infantry, he said.

The expedition team comprising one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and 13 other personnel, is being led by Captain Amit Karanpuria. The team will pass through Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan in 21 days.

Major General V.S.S. Goudar (Retd.), flagged off the expedition at a ceremony held in the presence of officials of the infantry, including MLIRC Commandant Brig. Santosh Kurup.

The expedition will reach out to ex-servicemen of the Maratha regiment by personal contact and apprise them about the various welfare schemes being run by the government for them, said Mr. Goudar.

There are several welfare schemes for the benefit of ex-servicemen. The Maratha regiment receives maximum recruitment from the southeast region of the country and thus a large number of ex-servicemen are in these areas, he said.

The cycle expedition assumes special importance for the Eight MLI as it provides them an opportunity to revisit their roots and pay tributes to veterans, who contributed in shaping their careers in the Indian Army.

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