After Army Commander’s nod,PCB approves new rest house

Existing facility for ex-servicemen is filled beyond capacity

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune | Published:August 15, 2013 2:15 am

In a major relief for ex-servicemen,the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) on Wednesday sanctioned the plan for a new rest house for those visiting the city. The sanction comes after the consent of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Southern Command.

Newsline had on August 7 reported about the sorry condition in which the visiting ex-servicemen have been living in at the rest house at the Department of Sainik Welfare (DSW).

The sanction will bring relief to those who have spent the prime of their lives guarding the nation’s borders. The new facility will increase the accommodation capacity from 75 to about 100-150.

At present,only one rest house with a capacity to accommodate 70 people caters to about 100-150,causing inconvenience and unhygienic conditions. Almost 90 per cent of visitors are patients.

In a detailed statement issued by HQ,Southern Command said,“The Army is committed towards the cause of welfare of ex-servicemen in a big way. Pune being a hub of excellent medical facilities,a large number of them visit hospitals located here for medical treatment. For outstation ex-servicemen,who visit Pune for medical treatment or other personal matters,a Sainik Aramgrah had been constructed at a very convenient location,which has accommodation for two officers and 75 junior commissioned officers and other ranks.”

The statement further read,“However,this accommodation does fall short and accordingly Department of Sainik Welfare had put up a proposal for construction of additional accommodation. The proposal has been promptly sanctioned by the GOC-in-C Southern Command. The proposal is with the PCB and its sanction is likely to be received shortly. The construction of this facility is likely to commence soon and once completed,it will ease the shortage of accommodation for the ex-servicemen. It is the utmost endeavour of the Headquarters Southern Command and the Army as an organisation to coordinate issues of ex-servicemen welfare with the state government to ensure that best facilities are provided to the ex-servicemen. Their welfare remains a key result area for the Southern Command.”

Arti Mahajan,vice-president of PCB,said: “The PCB has sanctioned the plan for a new rest house for ex-servicemen.”

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