Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Uttarakhand leads the Nation in welfare measures for Retired Defence Personnel

Gen VK Singh calls on CM Saturday, 11.06.2011, 11:52am (GMT+5.5)
Need special package for border areas: Nishank

Dehradun, 10 Jun: Chief of Army Staff General VK Singh called on the Chief Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, at his official residence on Friday. During his courtesy call, General Singh congratulated Nishank for Uttarakhand extending facilities to ex-servicemen that were not being provided by any other state in the country.

Welcoming General Singh on his visit to Uttarakhand, Nishank said that the state government had launched many welfare schemes for the welfare of ex-servicemen, soldiers’ widows and their family members. He added that the children of the soldiers were being provided reservations in government services. An Eco Task Force had been constituted in the state for environment conservation and the ex-servicemen had been associated with it.

Recalling that Uttarakhand has been a land of warriors, with an average of every family of the state having someone serving in the armed forces, he asserted that Uttarakhand had become the state that the provided the highest grants by increasing the amount paid to the gallantry award winners. Ex-servicemen had also been appointed as Block Representatives. Such ex-servicemen were also getting an honorarium of Rs 4,000 per month, each. The CM added that land for developing residential colonies for the families of the soldiers and ex-servicemen in Dehradun (17 acres), Kotdwar (5 acres), and Haldwani (3 acre), etc., had also been allotted by the state government. The purchase of vehicles in CSD canteens had been kept free from VAT.

Nishank CM reiterated that the state government was committed to ensuring the welfare of the soldiers. As a strategically sensitive state with two international borders, he added, the Ministry of Defence ought to give a special package for the frontier regions. Nishank also presented General Singh with a ‘Navgrah Vatika’ as a souvenir. General VK Singh applauded the state government’s decision to provide the families of the ex-servicemen with free-of-cost land to develop residential colonies for the families of soldiers and ex-servicemen. He exhibited special interest in the ‘Navgrah Vatika’ plantation initiated in Uttarakhand.
Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar and Secretary to CM, Dr Umakant Panwar, were also present on the occasion.
Gen VK Singh calls on CM

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