Indian Army conducted interactive skill proficiency training for Village Defence Committee (VDC) members of Makhidhar in District Reasi (J&K). During the workshop, members displayed their training prowess and skills in weapon handling. The Indian Army assisted the members of Village Defence Committee in further improving their self defence capabilities and laid emphasis on the role of VDC. These schemes are aimed to organise a small group of volunteers armed civilians in the identified villages along the borders, as well in the depth, to supplement the ongoing efforts of the security forces in dealing with the militancy acts of subversion and trans-border movement. Village Defence Committee is a manifestation of the “Will of People” to actively participate in the efforts to thwart the threat to the national security and integrity. These refresher training consolidates weapon handling, cleaning, musketry, firing positions and minor repairs of weapons as part of the event. VDC members appreciated and gesticulated the support provided by Indian Army. Speaking on the occasion, Sarpanch of villages emphasised on the important of such systematic meetings. They enhance the bond between Indian Army and Awaam. It boosts the morale of the villagers by voluntary participation, in security of their home and hearth, maintaining peace and harmony in the region.