“This would be the first old age home exclusively for exservicemen. Till date, this facility exists only in Chandigarh,” said an army official.
After being approached by the Central Command for the plan, the state government gave the nod and provided land for the project last year. Once handed over, Army would decide on the rules for allotment of rooms in the old age home. The plan is to set up a committee, comprising ex servicemen who would manage the state of affairs of the home.
Apart from all the modern recreational facilities for the occupants, this old age home has a liquor bar too. Plus keeping in view the old age of the retired soldiers, it offers medical facilities within the premises only. An ambulance will be available round the clock for any medical emergency besides the presence of doctors.
The accommodation in the old age home would be provided to all the ex-servicemen above sixty years of age, those entitled to the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) -- Army’s health welfare scheme for retired soldiers. War widows and can also apply for the accommodation. After the idea was floated last year, the Army received good response from the ex-servicemen all over the state.