Former GOC-in-C of the Western Command and War Wounded Foundation president Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi on Wednesday said it is a matter of regret that soldiers who lose their limbs on duty are not treated on par with martyrs.
Addressing a rally of war disabled personnel at Chandimandir, Oberoi said the disabled soldiers do not get the attention they deserve from the society as well as official quarters. He said even the families of those soldiers should not be treated in anyway less than the kin of martyrs.
The War Wounded Foundation, a registered charitable non-government organisation, organised the rally for war disabled personnel of all northern states. It was aimed at honouring the war disabled soldiers and giving visibility to the foundation and its work. Nearly 150 war disabled personnel, some in wheel chairs and crutches, participated in the rally.
The chief guest at the rally, Lt Gen KJ Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command, honoured the war disabled personnel, and also the inmates of the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Mohali, who were specially brought for the event.
Oberoi, who himself is a war disabled officer of the 1965 India-Pakistan war and has sported an artificial leg for over 50 years, gave an overview of the difficulties and challenges faced by war disabled soldiers.
He also touched upon the ongoing work of the foundation aimed at long-term rehabilitation and financial improvement of war disabled personnel.
The chief of Army staff, General Dalbir Singh, has contributed a grant of Rs 3 lakh for the foundation, while the Western Army Commander presented a cheque of Rs 2.5 lakh. A medical camp was also organised for the war disabled personnel on the occasion.