Ex-servicemen’s welfare top priority: Army Chief

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh said that the issue of one-rank-one-pension is being discussed at the ministerial level and listed welfare of ex-servicemen and war widows as his top priority

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Pathankot | Published: July 2, 2012 12:35 am

Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh on Sunday said that the issue of one-rank-one-pension is being discussed at the ministerial level and listed welfare of ex-servicemen and war widows as his top priority.

“The government and the Army are sensitive to their needs and would take every step to ensure that ex-servicemen and their families are looked after well,” the Army Chief said in Pathankot.

He was addressing an ex-servicemen’s rally — Singh’s first after he took over as the Army Chief — organised on the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebrations of 21 Sub Area.

The Army Chief assured the ex-servicemen that all their complaints routed to district Sainki Welfare Boards and area commanders will be attended to and added that if the problems are not addressed they can approach him.

“Even if the problem is not addressed,write to me. I would like to answer every single letter,” Gen Singh said,adding that there are 23 lakh ex-servicemen in the country.

He said that ensuring the welfare of ex-servicemen can go a long way in motivating youngsters to join the Army.

“The youth who want to join the Army weigh the options keeping in mind the welfare measures the Army takes for the retired employees,” Gen Singh said.

Calling them an “integral” part of the Army,he praised the ex-servicemen and war widows for turning up for the rally despite extremely hot weather. “This shows how much love and affection you have for the Army,” he said.

Veterans from Punjab,Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir attended the rally. Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa was also present.

Earlier,Gen Singh,accompanied by his wife,visited Rising Star Corps at Yol near Dharamsala to review the operational preparedness of the Corps.

Responding to a query on corruption raised by a retired Army officer,Gen Bikram Singh said that the Army was concerned over the issue.

“Indiscipline and corruption were taken care of,are being taken care of and would be taken care of,” Gen Singh said.

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