Govt should work more for welfare of ex-servicemen: Bhalla

PCC vice president, Raman Bhalla addressing meeting of ex-servicemen in Jammu on Wednesday.
PCC vice president, Raman Bhalla addressing meeting of ex-servicemen in Jammu on Wednesday.

Ex-servicemen Cell of PCC holds meet
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 9: Former minister and PCC vice president Raman Bhalla today said that Government must work more towards the welfare of the Ex-servicemen in the country.
Speaking at a meeting of Ex-servicemen Cell of JKPCC, held at PCC headquarters Shahidi Chowk here today under the chairmanship of Commandant (Retired) Swarn Singh, the former minister stressed the need to take some more welfare measures for the ex-servicemen of the country.
Bhalla said that Ex-servicemen are most disciplined section of the society. They have served the nation  and made sacrifices during service and also serving the society, even after retirement.  He explained about the role of the Congress party for the grant of One Rank One Pension (OROP) and blamed the BJP Govt for implementing the same partially.  He said that soldiers of Army and Para-Military forces  work side- by -side, while defending the borders and asked them to raise their voice against the injustice and discrimination.
Bhalla advocated for enhancing welfare measures for the ex-servicemen of the State. He lauded the dedication and the high commitment with which the Armed Forces are serving the Nation, facing varied adverse challenges and physical discomforts. He said that the State Government must take every required step to ensure the welfare of the nearly 7.8 lakh persons who comprise serving and retired Servic-emen and their families.
Observing that the majority of the Defence personnel retire below the age 40 years, Bhalla stressed the need to fully utilize the young force of ex- Servicemen who possess skills and expertise in varied fields.
The meeting threadbare discussed the issues of ex-servicemen and the sufferings of families of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. It was decided to hold a provincial level convention of ex-servicemen to highlight their issues and raise their voice over various aspects of their problems in the next month.
Prominent among those who attended the meeting includes Dr BS Choudhary, Capt Ramesh Chander, Capt Thoru Ram, Inpr Raghbir Singh, Capt Raghvir, Darshan Singh, Gopal Sharma, Capt Joginder Paul, Capt Parshotam Singh, Capt Bhagwan Singh, Inpr Krishan Lal and others.