JKESL holds meet, highlight issues

Executive body members of JKESL during a meeting at Jammu.
Executive body members of JKESL during a meeting at Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 24: Executive body of the Jammu and Kashmir Ex Services League (JKESL) held a meeting here.
Welcoming the resolutions and initiatives of the newly formed J&K Union Territory Government, the President, Major General Goverdhan Singh Jamwal said that the impact of the changes are yet to reach the 1.2 lakh populations of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) and their families.
Listing up their woes, he pointed out that no less than the then Chief Minister promised self financed Fauji Colonies in Jammu publically in 1997 and had assured the then Army Commander General Padmanabhan in Mar 1997 that land for the colony will be given by the Government to the Ex-Services League and the JDA was made facilitator to identify the land but it made no headway for three years.
“Government issued the land Award after 12 years which has not been implemented so far and only 165 kanals of land has been handed over with the result not a single house has been built in the last twenty years in the two colonies namely Rajinder Vihar and Kargil Vihar”, Jamwal informed.
He said that other States and UTs are giving 15 percent vertical reservation to ESM, but in J&K it was kept to 6 percent and that too remained mostly on papers as the Director Sainik Welfare Department is not co-opted in the process of filling vacancies.
He urged the Lieutenant Governor to give them time to hear their miseries at the earliest possible. They further called upon the Lt Governor to assign an Advisor with full responsibility of Sainik Welfare like other Soldiering States have a special Minister or MoS for the purpose.
The meeting was attended by senior vice president, Air Commodore Kamal Singh, Major General Sunita Kapoor, Col Kulbeer Jamwal, Col Dr Virendra K Sahi, General Secretary, Col Rajinder Singh, Treasurer Lt Col DS Salaria, Members Lt Col KS Samyal and Capt Yudh Vir Singh.