Srinagar: Army on Thursday organised an Ex-Servicemen Rally at Shalateng Garrison.
The rally attracted over 300 ex-servicemen and their dependents from North Kashmir area. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of India’s definitive victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war, the Ex-Servicemen’s rally kicked off with wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial, paying respects to our brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The Ex-Servicemen who stood shoulder to shoulder with their fallen brothers paid the highest respect to their indomitable courage, loyalty and sacrifice.
GOC Counter Insurgency Force (Kilo), was present on the occasion to interact with the Ex-Servicemen and their dependents. The General officer met 92 years old veteran Col (Retd) Sheetal Singh, who is the first commissioned officer of the J&K State Forces.
Col (Retd) Sheetal Singh fought against Pakistan Army in 1965, while holding defences in Mehnder in Poonch Distt. Col (Retd) Sheetal Singh commanded 2 JAK RIF. Father of the present GOC Kilo Force also commanded 2 JAK RIF in 1978, a statement issued here said.
The Rally lived up to its motto of “Sampark – Swasthya – Sahuliyat” by reaching out to a large number of veterans and families and resolving their problems regarding various issues related to documentation, pension, banking, welfare schemes, medical and Aadhar card issues.
A number of stalls were established to cater for various aspects of Ex Servicemen viz Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, Resettlement, Sainik Boards, Helpline, Record Offices, State Bank of India, UIADI, etc. The rally provided a joint forum for the veterans and their families to interact with both military and civil Agencies and resolve their pending issues.
Addressing the Rally, the GOC once again pledged Indian Army’s solidarity with its retired fraternity and assured the gathering that the government and Army are sensitive to their needs and would take every step to ensure that the Ex-Servicemen, Veer Naris and their families are cared for and looked after well.
GOC also reiterated Army’s goal of providing quality healthcare, dignity and problem-resolution to Veterans, Veer Naris and Widows of the soldiers.
The event was the culmination of a dedicated effort by Counter Insurgency Force (Kilo) that had extensively interacted with the veterans and prepared an extensive data bank to systematically redress grievances faced by veterans in quick-time through multiple agencies during the rally.
The event was an endeavour on part of Indian Army to recognise and honour the veterans, fallen heroes and their families for their unflinching loyalty and selfless service to the nation and Indian Army for which we will always be indebted.