Army recommends Ex-servicemen belt in areas along LoC, IB: Army Commander

Jammu: Northern Command Army Commander Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi, GOC-in-C, Northern Command on Saturday mentioned about the recommendations made on engaging Ex-Servicemen belt, commonly called as loyal second tier, in the bordering areas along the Line of Control and International Border.

Addressing the Armed Forces Veterans Day in Rajouri, Lt Gen Dwivedi spoke on various initiatives undertaken by the Indian Army for welfare of Ex-Servicemen and Veer Naris such as the appointment of Nodal Officers to expedite the grievance redressal procedure, development of AWHO project in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the increase in Ex Gratia to NOK from Rs 5 Lakhs to Rs 25 Lakhs.

He also emphasised on the role of Ex-Servicemen in the Active Security Strategy which aims at tightening security grid, which will involve active participation of Ex-Servicemen in the area.

The Army Commander also mentioned about recommendations of the Indian Army of forming an Ex-Servicemen belt (loyal second tier) in areas bordering Line of Control and International Border.

He thanked all the veterans and Veer Naris for their unfailing support, commitment and contribution to the society.

The Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated on January 14, as on this very day in 1953 , the First Indian Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of Indian Army- Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who led Indian Forces to Victory in the 1947 war, had formally retired from the services.

The Day is celebrated as Armed Forces Veterans Day and dedicated to our esteemed Veterans to acknowledge the valour and sacrifice made by our brave veterans in line of duty to safeguard our nation against external aggression, in restoration of peace within counter insurgency affected areas as well as the selfless service during various calamities.

The Army Commander also mentioned about various administrative and institutional measures taken to facilitate in the overall development of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the able leadership of Lieutenant Governer Manoj Sinha.

On this occasion, the Awardees, Veer Naris and Disabled Veterans were also felicitated by Lt Gen Dwivedi and Sunita Dwivedi, Regional President, AWWA Northern Command.

Over 20 facility counters from various concerned departments were established to address the grievances of Ex-Servicemen: which included the Zila Sainik Welfare Board, Record Offices, ECHS, Army Welfare Placement Organisation, Banks among others.

UNI

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