New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur on Wednesday became the first MP and Minister to become a Captain in the Territorial Army as a regular commissioned officer.
The four-time BJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh received the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Dalbir S. in July 2016. Suhag was appointed by TA as a lieutenant in the Territorial Army.
Thakur said: “I feel honored to be promoted to the rank of Captain. I want to reaffirm my commitment to serve the people and call for duty to Mother India.”
Thakur continued, “Both my grandfather and great grandfather served in the army. My father raised the issue of OROP and I come from Devbhoomi Himachal, which has a long tradition of serving in the armed forces. I am happy that I Cannot hold office. For my ancestors. The privilege of wearing this uniform “.
Thakur said, “I am honored to serve in both the society and the Parliament. I will always be ready to serve my country on the call of duty from my regiment in the Territorial Army.”
Thakur joined the TA after the SSB exam and a personal interview conducted in Chandigarh. He worked for more than two weeks of pre-qualification training conducted in Bhopal.
The Territorial Army, which is the second line of defense in succession, consists of volunteers who are given military training for about a month in a year. The TA can be pressed into national service in any emergency.