Promises to ESM 18 months ago Wed, Jul 30, 2008 17:11:56 IST
TO SOOTHE the frayed nerves of Indian defence personnel, both serving and retired, not happy with the emoluments offered by the Sixth Pay Commission, the government is mooting a national commission for welfare of ex-servicemen. The proposed body will speed up the issue relating to rehabilitation, welfare and grievances of retired soldiers, martyrs and their families.
Every year nearly sixty thousand personnel retire from the armed forces and they are in the productive middle age group. In addition, the country has 14 lakh ex-servicemen and over 2.5 lakh widows along with the dependent family members.
Speaking at the annual conclave of Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) on Wednesday, Deepa Jain Singh, secretary, ex-servicemen welfare in the ministry of defence, said that capsule on welfare of ex-servicemen will be incorporated as subject at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy, Mussourie. It will sensitise the young IAS probationers of the vital issues related to ex-servicemen before they assume important responsibilities, she added.
Pertinent to mention that the government created the post of secretary in defence ministry to deal exclusively with issues related to the ex-serviceman, who are in huge numbers in the country. Speaking on the occasion, the additional secretary Neelam Nath asked the secretaries of the District Sainik Boards to hold meetings at least once every month with the district collectors to resolve grievances of ex-servicemen at the grassroots level. She said the DGR is about to complete a countrywide database of ex-servicemen at the Zila Sainik Board, Rajya Sainik Board and Kendriya Sainik Board level that would go a long way in formulating macro and micro policy for ex-servicemen welfare.
The director-general, Resettlement, Major General SG Chatterji said his office would serve as a nodal single point interface between the retiring and retired service personnel, widows and their dependents and the outside agencies for all issues related to resettlement and welfare measures.
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