The UPA Government will ensure that all delays in the modernisation of the armed forces are eliminated and that all funds earmarked for modernisation are spent fully at the earliest.
The UPA will set up a new Department of Ex-Servicemen's Welfare in the Ministry of Defence. The long-pending issue of one-rank, one-pension will be re-examined.
The UPA Government will make the National Security Council a professional and effective institution.
The UPA Government is committed to maintaining a credible nuclear weapons programme while at the same time it will evolve demonstrable and verifiable confidence-building measures with its nuclear neighbours. It will take a leadership role in promoting universal, nuclear disarmament and working for a nuclear weapons-free world.
The UPA has been concerned with the manner in which POTA has been grossly misused in the past two years. There will be no compromise in the fight against terrorism. But given the abuse of POTA that has taken place, the UPA Government will repeal it, while existing laws are enforced strictly.
The UPA Government will take the strictest possible action without fear or favour, against all those individuals and organisations who spread social discord, disturb social amity and propagate religious bigotry and communal hatred. The law of the land will be enforced effectively.
Resettlement of Ex-Serviceman
The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) under the Ministry of Defence looks after matters connected with the resettlement and welfare of Ex-servicemen (ESM) and their dependents. Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) under the chairmanship of the Raksha Mantri lays down general policies for the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents, for administration of welfare funds, and also for coordinating the work of the Sainik Boards in the country. Similarly, at the State level the Rajya Sainik Boards (RSBs) and at the district level the Zila Sainik Boards (ZSBs) have been established. The Government of India bears 50 per cent of the expenditure incurred on the organisation of Rajya Sainik Boards while the remaining expenditure is borne by the respective State Governments.
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