Monday, July 12, 2010

Doordarshan to broadcast ESM gallantry

SOME ex-servicemen of Indian defence force may soon get an appearance in Doordarshan – India’s national television channel. The ministry of defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi on Monday with Doordarshan to produce programmes of various facets of Ex-Servicemen’s (ESM) lives, allowing television viewers across the country to experience real life stories of the ESM.
The programmes will also include the role played by the ESM in nation-building and the efforts being made by the government for their welfare and resettlement over the years.
The MoU was signed by two important women officers, Neelam Nath (Left in Picture), secretary, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW) in ministry of defence and Aruna Sharma (Right in Picture), a 1982 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS and Director General, Doordarshan.
There are nearly 27 lakhs Ex-Servicemen including over five lakh widows. This figure swells by an average of about 50,000 ESM who are released from the Armed Forces every year. Over 50 thousand ESM were gainfully re-employed by the DGR last year alone.
Ex-Servicemen to make maiden appearance in Doordarshan
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There is resentment among both servicemen and ex-servicemen regarding the way the Government denigrates them (Rank and Status) and deliberately trims their military authority to suit the Political agenda fabricated by Bureaucrats to divide and appease. Hope this DD patronage to highlight gallantry of ESM does not become another tool to fool the exservicemen!

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