Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chief General V K Singh reaches out to ex-servicemen

Rallies only for welfare of ex-servicemen: Army Chief
Manu Pubby : Palra, Thu May 17 2012, 00:53 hrs

In one of his last public appearances before he demits office at the end of this month, Army Chief General V K Singh reached out to ex-servicemen at a rally near his hometown, asserting that he always tried his best to address their grievances during his two years in office. Addressing a gathering of close to 7,000 veterans, Gen Singh seemed to be clearing his position about attending a series of ex-servicemen rallies, saying it was part of a plan to reach out to retired soldiers in places where “no one has gone before”.
In an interview to The Indian Express, Lt Gen (retd) Raj Kadyan, who heads the Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement, had questioned the motive and timing of the recent ex-servicemen rallies. Kadyan was also present at the rally but did not address the gathering.
“In the last two years, we have tried to take forward your demands — be it One-Rank-One-Pension, family pension or any other — to the government.... I urge you to ask your public representatives to pressure the government,” said the Army Chief.
Meanwhile, mediapersons who had been invited to cover the event were escorted out of the venue minutes before Gen Singh arrived.
Gen Singh underlined more than once that the aim of the rally — and the several others he had addressed over the past few weeks — was only to reach out to veterans and solve their problems.
Rallies only for welfare of ex-servicemen: Army Chief
Comment: All ESM organisations should unite and work silently for welfare of veterans. I wonder why the earlier 3 Chiefs have done nothing in the recent past except for serving themselves- the Adarsh scam is a testimony to what extent our serving and retired ones goes to make a fast buck. Gen VK Singh is an exception and a true patriot- let us laud his role as Present Chief- He will be remembered for cleaning up the muck! Hope his successor contiues to redeem the Indian Army from Scandals and Vandals.

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