Gajraj Corps of Indian Army commemorates Year of NoK

Gajraj Corps, Indian Army, Year of Next of Kin, YoNoK

Visual Courtesy: Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, PRO (Defence), Tezpur.

This year (2019) is being observed as the Year of Next of Kin (YoNoK) by Indian Army. The main objective of YoNoK is to reach out to the NOKs of Battle and Physical causalities, Veterans and serving personnel along with spreading awareness of the various welfare schemes being undertaken by the Government for the NoKs.

“Towards the end of this year, the Gajraj Corps has planned trail of activities to be undertaken in a phased wise manner throughout the year. As part of phase one, an awareness campaign has been undertaken with the aim of making the NoKs aware of the year 2019 that has being observed as the YoNoK and an interactive session under Project SAMBHANDH was organized in their Headquarters on 09 Jul 2019 to address their grievances wherein, Col V Shankar, SC(Retd) interacted with the NoKs, Veterans and troops of 4 Corps through a lecture” said, Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande, PRO (Defence), Tezpur.

Colonel V Shankar, SC (Retd) is involved in a 1000 Days, one-man philanthropic endeavour under ‘Project SAMBANDH’ wherein, he connects with NOKs of Indian Army, with an aim to assist them in availing all the entitlements applicable. The interaction was based on case studies along with the relevant data specific to the formation/ regiment/ geographic area.


A total of 60 NoKs and 100 ESMs besides, 1421 serving Army personnel benefitted from the interaction.