JAMMU, Mar 24: The Governing Council meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Ex-Services League (JKESL) was held today at Zila Sainik Welfare Complex, Ambphalla Jammu.
All the district presidents, Governing Council members and some invited guests attended the meeting. During the meeting, many problems facing by the Ex-Servicemen were discussed.
The issue of Sainik Colony Srinagar was discussed in detail. The meeting observed that the demand of Sainik Colony Srinagar was accepted by two Chief Ministers and even the area was allotted near the airport Srinagar. “However, it was denied by the third Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti and till date there is no progress. Similarly two housing colonies sanctioned at Jammu by the Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah in1997 have not seen the light of the day even after 20 years,” the members pointed out.
The Governing Council members stated that all the issues connected with the Ex-Servicemen face apathy. “Whether it is reservation in the police or revival of the prestigious Sainik Vanaspati Cooperative even with 97 percent equity by the State, are all unsettled just because it belongs to the Ex-Servicemen and it is in Jammu,” they said, adding, that the Ex-Servicemen are harassed for issue/renewal of weapon licenses while 6 percent entitled reservation in jobs are not given to them, particularly in the police.
They further said that no State level facilities like job/education, reservation for wards are available to war widows, the war wounded and the brave warriors who are paid poor annuities far lower than the other States like Punjab, Haryana and HP although J&K receives maximum Central Government aid and is witness to maximum sacrifices of security forces personnel.
Finding no hope in the elected leaders, the Ex-Servicemen resolved to meet the Governor, pinning their hopes on him who has taken some hard decisions recently and implemented them with speed.