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Always wanted Bhopal to have Shaurya Smarak, says Chouhan

bhopal Updated: Oct 14, 2016 09:51 IST
Kalyan Das & HT Correspondent, Bhopal

Bhopal Municipal Corporation cut down an old tree at Old Jail Road on Thursday, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bhopal.(Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

Nothing is more precious than life. But the bravehearts value the glory and honour of the motherland above everything else. They hardly think twice before making the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty while defending our borders. We owe our security and comfort to them. No word is capable enough to pay gratitude to these heroes.

These words come from chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his blog on the Shaurya Smarak built at Arera Hills to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

Chouhan said he always cherished a dream about a grand and unique Shaurya Smarak in Bhopal to apprise people, especially the younger generation of the valour and sacrifices made by the sentinels of our borders besides infusing a spirit of patriotism in them.

“In consultation with experts, the picturesque Arera hills was selected for site of the memorial that will be convenient to the citizens of both old and new Bhopal. Years of hard work and fine workmanship have made it possible,” he added.

He said “our history was replete with glorious sagas of brave sons and daughters of the land. They were household names and favourite characters of our folklores. These all symbolised our gratitude to them”.

He said it was a matter of pride for them that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going to dedicate the memorial. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar would also grace the function. “Our endeavour is to ensure presence of chiefs of three forces of the country on this historic occasion,” he said.

Ex-servicemen want pension hike for World War II veterans

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reaching Bhopal on Friday, ex-servicemen in Madhya Pradesh are hopeful that there would be immediate upward revision of the pension of World War II veterans.

There are 318 World War II veterans and martyr widows in Madhya Pradesh, and they get `4,000 per month as pension. They demand the pension be revised to `6,500 per month.

“The pension is extremely low, and they are not able to lead a decent life with the amount,” one of the members of MP Sainik Welfare Organisation said.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to address ex-servicemen in Bhopal on Friday evening and may make some feel-good announcements at the rally.

“We are not interested in political announcements. Most of the things announced by the PM are not implemented,” the official said.

“We need to show our respect to the World War II veterans,” the official said.

The World War II battles fought in Imphal and Kohima have recently been rated as the world’s deadliest battles, he said.

The Sainik Welfare Board officials are of the opinion that if the PM fails to make any commitment on the revision of the pensions of the World War II veterans, at least the chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, should announce it.

“After all, the World War II veterans are pride of Madhya Pradesh, and he (the CM) will have to respect them,” the official said.