Pioneer News Service Rishikesh
Expressing displeasure over the step motherly treatment meted out to former soldiers, the Uttarakhand Ex-Servicemen Association has appealed to the Chief Minister to offer a speedy solution to their problems.
Association head Lt Col Ganga Singh Rawat claimed that he along with his colleagues had visited families of ex-servicemen in Lachchiwala, Doiwala, Badowala, Jolly Grant, Munnawala, Ranipokhri, Rishikesh, Dandi, Bapugram, Gumaniwala, Chhiderwala and Raiwala and most of them had said that the local administration was ignoring their problems.
They had high expectations from Chief Minister Khanduri but had so far met with disappointment. Rawat expressed the hope that along with development the Chief Minister would look into the problems being faced by ex-servicemen and also retired personnel of other security forces .Rawat also claimed that some other ex-servicemen's associations were misleading the CM and were spreading false stories when in fact they had no links with his organisation.
Ex-servicemen Association rues neglect by Govt
In February 2007, he led the BJP to victory in assembly elections in Uttarakhand and was subsequently chosen to be the new Chief Minister of the state. His runner-up in the 2004 Lok Sabha poll, TPS Rawat, has resigned from Dhumakot seat with expectation for Khanduri to contest this seat when its bye- election is held.
Among Khanduri's first accomplishments as Chief Minister has been to cut expenses by reducing security to politicians and administrative officials, cutting back on their allowance for foreign trips and has restricted the use of the Chief Minister's discretionary fund to only district magistrate-approved projects. Following his election, he toured all districts of Uttarakhand to assess the peoples' concerns.
Comment: The Chief Minister is a Veteran none other than Corps of Engineers stalwart, Maj Gen BC Khanduri, AVSM (Retd). How is that the woes of ESM are not addressed? Is the General playing Politics or is he being misled by Babus? Military Leaders ought to succeed even if defeat is inevitable!
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