The mobile phone has been on the buzz most of the day. Many ESM called up to confirm large attendance for the rally tomorrow. Those who cannot make it due to the distance involved, called up to express support and solidarity for the Movement. Over eight lac rupees have been donated by members for the event. The response has been overwhelming. The confidence and faith shown by the environment puts a heavy responsibility on us to steer the Movement to meet the expectations of the majority.
I was called today to unveil a martyr’s statue in village ‘Palda’ in Jhajjar District of Haryana. It was the wish of the ESM in the region that the honor is done by Chairman IESM and not by any politician or government official. It was a solemn ceremony attended by hundreds of ESM and families. School children sang patriotic songs. Palda has a proud history of valour and sacrifice. There are now four statues of martyrs in a row, the first being of Hony Capt Umrao Singh, VC.
Lt Gen (Emeritus) Raj Kadyan, PVSM, AVSM, VSM
Assistance to No 14606646 Ex L/Nk Hari Kumar KG For Specialized treatment at Cochin
1. This is to bring to the notice of all veterans that IESM HQ moved on OP immediate basis to get the sanction of Sr consultant (MED) for the specialized treatment to No 14606646 Ex L/Nk Hari Kumar KG who is on ventilator in ICU at Amrita Institute of Medical Science an ECHS empanelled hospital at Cochin. We were approached by the family members of the veteran patient when all their efforts failed and the hospital was to start the treatment after the sanction from DGAFMS is given. The amount involved as on 24 Feb was Rs 3,58,100/-.
2. IESM HQ contacted whose who in the medical set up at RR hospital, DGAFMS, DGMS (Army), DGCW AG's Branch. the required documents sent by Air force Hospital Bangalore were not traceable in the office of DGAFMS. Emergency ops room functioned at IESM HQ and we were able to get the required sanction conveyed to OIC ECHS Cochin yesterday at 3 Pm. I can only say "God! you are too kind". We pray, with the commencement of treatment, our veteran soldier is blessed with speedy recovery.
3. Our special thanks to DG(CW) Lt Gen BG Nair, DG MS (Army) Lt Gen HR Kakaria Sr consultant (MD) Maj Gen AC Anand, Col Chatraj SO To DGMS (Army), Col SS Roy So to Sr, consultant MD DGAFMS, Col Summit Roy OC ECHS Cochin, AVM Anil Behal AF Hospital Bangalore; who voluntarily and positively understood the urgency and helped in expediting the sanction.
"Hum Teri bandagi karein na karein par tere bacho ko pyar karte hain"
Maj Gen (Retd) Satbir Singh, SM
Mr. Raju said the government had recently sanctioned an additional 300 polyclinics as part of the endeavour to provide better healthcare to the ex-servicemen. Efforts were also underway to help the ex-servicemen have an access to the corporate hospitals. Resettlement courses for the ex-servicemen were getting fine-tuned in a bid to promote skill upgradation among them. The idea was aimed at preparing the ex-servicemen, who were used to do the conventional jobs associated with the refilling stations, toll plazas on the highways and security agencies, to take up the emerging and new generation employments like software as their second career. The Minister said the Centre had decided to increase its share of funds from 50 to 75 per cent for running the State Sainik Boards in a bid to provide more focus on the welfare of ex-servicemen and widows. The State-level boards are funded by the State and Central governments in a 50:50 ratio till now.
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