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Himachal CM constitutes Sainik welfare department
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will hold charge of a new department set up to monitor the welfare of serving and ex-servicemen. With this the state government achieved one more step to implement to their major election promises.
A NEW department has been constituted in the Himachal Pardesh to monitor welfare activities related to the serving and ex-servicemen besides employment generation in government, public and private sector. The chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will hold charge of the new department. The terms of reference of the new department is to maintain the record and recommend honors and distinctions to the exceptionally outstanding serving and ex-servicemen, give boost to the sainik welfare activities, monitor war jagirs, administer special fund for reconstruction and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen, defence and security relief fund, and soldier’s amenity fund, beside observing the Flag Day, select candidates from the state for admission to Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun.

With the creation of the department the state government achieved one more step to implement to their major election promises made in election manifesto.

Dhumal said that the election manifesto had been made a policy document by the government so that all the promises made therein could be fulfilled in a phased manner and clean and transparent governance provided to the people of the state. He said that the people had given clear mandate to Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), so as to ensure that the benefits of development percolate down to the common man.

While talking to reporters he said that the newly created department would be responsible to maintain liaison with the armed forces. He said that welfare of the ex-servicemen was on the top agenda of the state government and all out efforts would be made to deliver them maximum relief under different relief and rehabilitation programmes, to help them lead a respectable life in the society.

He assured the families of the serving and ex-servicemen that their interests would be protected to the best possible. He said that the party had promised the ex-servicemen of establishing a separate department to oversee their welfare and rehabilitation in public and private sectors. He said that in fulfillment of the promise the state government had established the department of Sainik Welfare, which would be under his direct control. He said that the department would consist of a special monitoring cell to closely monitor the relief and rehabilitation of the ex-servicemen.

The state government is seriously concerned about the welfare of the serving and ex-servicemen who had rendered yeoman service for the nation and brought laurels to the nation and state, he added. The employment and self-employment would be an important activity to be monitored by the department and to monitor the 70 per cent employment to Himachalis in the industries and hydro electric projects.

He added that other issues concerning ex-servicemen and serving soldiers related to post retirement employment, self employment, honours and awards to decorated soldiers, initiation and implementation of need based welfare schemes for the ex-servicemen, widows of the ex-servicemen, war widows, their wards, speedy and effectively redress their grievances would be accorded top priority.

While appreciating the decision of the state government General R S Dayal (Rtd.) said this is first time after independence that any ruling government is concerned about the welfare of the serving and ex-servicemen.

General Dayal said that the state was the land of warriors and it was proud to have 98,361 ex-servicemen, 24,581 widows of ex-servicemen, 1,068 war widows ’Veer Naaris’, 1,20,300 serving soldiers and their families in the state who had contributed to the national cause significantly during war and peace. Notwithstanding, the government of the day never tried to make attention on them.

The state chief of Himachal Pardesh ex- service men league Major Vijay Singh Mankotia said Himachali soldiers who fought on the national fronts in adverse climatic conditions and saved the nation from foreign intruders was not getting proper attention rather treatment from the politicians of the country. After the creation of new department they can raise their voice on appropriate platform, he added.
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