India is The Salvation Army's oldest mission field. Frederick St. George de Latour Tucker, of the Indian Civil Service, read a copy of The War Cry, became a Salvationist and, as Major Tucker (later Commissioner Booth-Tucker), took the Indian name of Fakir Singh and commenced Army's work in Bombay on 19th September 1882. The adoption of Indian food, dress, names and customs gave the pioneers ready access to the people, especially in the villages.

In addition to evangelistic work, various social programmes were commenced for the relief of distress from famine, flood and epidemic. Educational facilities such as elementary, secondary and industrial school, cottage industries and settlements were provided for the depressed classes. Medical work originated in Nagercoil in 1893 when Captain (Dr.) Harry Andrews set up a dispensary at the headquarters there. The medical work has grown from this. Work among the then Criminal Tribes began in 1908 at government invitation.

The Salvation Army is registered as a Guarantee Company under the Indian Companies Act. 1913. The name of the company is "The Salvation Army". The Chairman of this association is Commissioner M. C. James and Secretary of this association is Lieut-Colonel Daniel Raju Dasari.

The National Secretariat for India serves the country's six territories. The Conference of Indian Leaders (COIL), established in 1989, meets annually to coordinate national Salvation Army affairs and give direction to the National Secretariat.

Several national offices had been established in earlier years, including the Editorial, Literary and Audit Offices. The establishment of Salvation Army Health Services Advisory Council (SAHSAC) in 1986 was a regionally based support to many aspects of Salvation Army work in India.

An administrative reorganization took place in 2008 which resulted in all the Secretarial departments being brought together in one building under the leadership of a National Secretary with the result that, for the first time, the Secretariat can function as a whole and not as separate departments.

National Secretary: Lieut-Colonel Daniel Raju Dasari

Administrator / Chaplain: Lieut-Colonel Sarojini Dasari

Business Administration Secretary:

Editorial & Communications Secretary: Major Jashiben Khristi

Social & Emergency Secretary: Major Vanlaltluanga Pachuau

Human Resources Development Secretary: Major Y. Manoharan

Women's Advisory Secretary: Major Rebek Lalrohnuni


Postal Address:
India National Secretariat
The Salvation Army
37, Lenin Sarani (1st Floor), Dharamtala post,
P. O. Box. 8994, Kolkata - 700013, West Bengal