Governor for organizing Defence Melas to raise funds
Jammu, April 24: The Annual Meeting of 79th J&K Rajya Sainik
Board followed by 64th meeting of State Managing Committee for Flag Day
Fund was held at Raj Bhavan, Jammu, under the Chairmanship of Governor
Governor appreciated the efforts put in by Sainik Welfare Department to
further enhance interaction between the ex-Servicemen (ESM)/serving
soldiers and the civil population including programmes organized during
the Flag Day Celebrations. Governor mentioned that due to their presence
in far flung areas, Army should be able to complement efforts of the
Sainik Welfare Department in maintaining effective liaison with ESM/Widows.
He expressed his deep concern about the status of non-pensioner ESM/Widows
and observed that he had recently written to Defence Minister to
consider significantly enhancing the quantum of relief to Non- Pensioner
Widows below and above 65 years of age, which is presently too meager to
meet the cost of living.
Governor suggested that the Sainik Welfare Department should consider
organizing Defence Melas to raise funds for the welfare of ex-Servicemen
and their families. He called upon the citizens and civil society
organizations to donate liberally for the J&K Flag Day Fund, which is
used for promoting the welfare of ESM/families of Martyrs. Governor
complimented Hqrs Northern Army Command for developing software for the
Sainik Welfare Department, to computerize the database of ESMs.
Governor emphasisized that an institutional frame work should be put in
place in facilitate re-employment of eligible and qualified ESM for the
jobs available in the Central and State Govts and impressed the
importance of increasing awareness about the horizontal reservation of 6
% for ex-Servicemen in jobs under the State Government.
Governor observed that all welfare schemes for ESM/their Wards should be
regularly revised and updated to address their problems and stressed the
need for an effective Grievance Monitoring System to be put in place at
the District and State levels to ensure that their problems are solved
The RSB approved grants to the non-pensioner ESM/Widows from the State
Flag Day Funds being doubled to Rs 12,000/- pm to help them financially;
increasing the grant for Decent Last Rites to Rs 5000/-; for Wards of
ESM/Widows figuring in Merit List of 12th, an incentive of Rs 5000/- has
been approved and dependent children clearing the Civil Services Exams
will get an award of Rs 10,000/-; education grants to children of
Martyrs have been enhanced from Rs.1200/- to Rs 3000/- per annum.
Earlier, there was no provision for widows to buy four wheelers from CSD,
which has now been authorized. The status of a number of other welfare
schemes of Centre and State Govt for helping out ESMs and their families
in various fields including Daughter Marriage, Education, House Repair,
Penury Grants were discussed and decisions taken.
Brig. (Retd.) Harcharan Singh, Secretary, Rajya Sainik Board, made a
detailed presentation and provided details of the various measures taken
for the welfare of the ex-Servicemen and financial status of the Board.
Present in the RSB J&K meeting were Sh. B.R. Sharma, Chief Secretary; Lt
Gen Devraj Anbu, GOC-in-C, HQ Northern Command; Sh. Prabhu Dayal Meena,
Union Secretary, Deptt. of ESM Welfare, New Delhi; Sh. Umang Narula,
Principal Secretary to the Governor; Sh. R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary
(Home), Sh. Navin K. Choudhary, Secretary Finance; Maj. Gen. A S Karki,
Chief of Staff, 9 Corps; Maj Gen. G. Prasad, COS HQ 16 Corps; Maj Gen.
K.K. Pant, Chief of Staff, 15 Corps; Bigadier M.H. Rizvi, Secretary
Kendriya Sainik Board; Lt.Col. Ashish Kumar, Deputy Director
Resettlement, Zone (North); Sqn Ldr (Retd.) and former Minister R.S Chib;
Brig. (Retd.) R.L. Sharma, Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd.), Col. Rajinder Singh
(Retd.), Cdr. (IN) Gurcharan Singh (Retd.), Col. S.A. Qureshi (Retd.),
Capt. Anil Gour (Retd.), Hony Capt. Ramesh Kumar Parihar (Retd.), Hony
Capt. Farooq Ahmed Wani (Retd.),-all non official members of the RSB.
Those present in the meeting of State Managing Committee for Funds were
Lt. Gen Devraj Anbu, GOC-in-C, HQ Northern Command; Sh. Prabhu Dayal
Meena, Union Secretary, Deptt. of ESM Welfare, New Delhi; Sh. Umang
Narula, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Sh. R.K. Goyal, Principal
Secretary (Home), Sh. Navin K. Choudhary, Secretary Finance; Maj. Gen. A
S Karki, Chief of Staff, 9 Corps; Maj Gen. G. Prasad, COS HQ 16 Corps;
Maj Gen. K.K. Pant, Chief of Staff, 15 Corps; Brigadier M.H. Rizvi,
Secretary Kendriya Sainik Board; Lt. Col. Ashish Kumar, Deputy Director
Resettlement, Zone (North); Col. S.R. Choudhary (Retd.), Lt. Cdr. (IN)
Jagbir Singh, Capt. Anil Gour (Retd.); Brig (Retd.) M.M. Harjai - all
non official members of the RSB.