Commodore Lokesh. K. Batra (Retd.)
Social & RTI Activist
Commissioned on May 22, 1967, Commodore Batra served the Indian Navy for 36 years in various capacities both ashore and afloat and attained the grade of Charge Hydrographer.
Commodore Lokesh K Batra retired as Secretary Kendriya Sainik Board (G.O.I) on 31 Dec 2002. As Secretary Kendriya Sainik Board (G.O.I), he brought vision and foresight in handling various problems of over 1 crore of people comprising widows of service personnel, disabled servicemen and those boarded out from service, needy ex-servicemen and their dependants. He had brought in new procedures and processes for efficient handling of Armed Forces Flag Day Funds.
During 1971 war, Commodore Batra (then Lieutenant) actively participated in the war on western front. When the first ship namely ‘M.V. Successful Day’ suspected to be carrying contraband was captured by the Indian Navy, Batra boarded the ship in the night and brought it safely to Mumbai Harbour.
In 1975 when Royal Navy, U.K conducted the first ever International ‘Long Hydrographic Course’, Batra the only Indian Officer to be selected, underwent the advance Hydrographic training in United Kingdom.
On return to India, he was instrumental in conducting the first ever ‘Long Hydrographic Course’ in India at National Hydrographic School in Goa in 1977.
Later from 1987 to 1992 he headed the prestigious National Hydrographic School at Goa.
Earlier in 1984, he represented India at an International Hydrographic Conference.
During the earthquake relief operations in Gujarat in 2001, he was responsible for re-construction of an entire village known as ‘Moda’.
Commodore Batra has also authored a book “OUTREACH’ – an approach to voluntary action on Community Development Programmes that underlines a holistic approach in bringing together information on community development programmes in the areas of education, health, disability and environment – all of which have strong interlinkages”.
The book was released by the then H.E the President of India. It can be read on website: www.bringchange.org.
The book is not priced but was made available to National & International Libraries, Schools and others who were involved in Outreach Community development programmes.
After his retirement, Commodore Lokesh Batra has settled down in Noida. He is actively involved in taking up social issues. As a Senior Citizen, Batra has been relentlessly working like a crusader without any outside support.
He has been using the RTI Act in public interest on varied issues and helping others as a volunteer in creating awareness of the RTI Act and guiding them in filing RTI applications. After Nithari Killings were exposed, Commodore Batra filed many RTIs and unearthed startling facts of the utter failure of all the Public Authorities who were in position to save many lives, had they been doing even their basic duties sincerely. His applications found wide coverage in the media.
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