The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently presented the Best Marching Contingent Trophies to the Madras Sappers and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who participated in the Republic Day parade 2017 at the historic Rajpath, New Delhi. Commandant Madras Engineer Group Brigadier R.K. Sachdeva received the trophy on behalf of the Madras Sappers while Director General CISF O.P. Singh received the trophy on behalf of CISF.
The function was attended by the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar and other senior officers from the Ministry of Defence, the three Services and Ministry of Home Affairs.
True to their motto of ‘Sarvatra’, the Madras Engineer Group has always distinguished themselves in full spectrum of professional activities ranging from operations to ceremonial events throughout the glorious history of 236 years, be it supporting fighting troops during operations or claiming the Best Marching Contingent every time they participated.
Keeping their rich traditions alive, Madras Sappers once again claimed the Best Marching Contingent Trophy both in Army Day and Republic Day parades 2017.