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Veterans want India Gate-like memorial in MP

Ex-servicemen feel that a new India Gate-like memorial in MP can only show respect to the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives for the country.

bhopal Updated: Oct 15, 2016 08:10 IST
Air Vice Marshal (retired) A Vikram Pethia and Brigadier (retired) R Vinayak, VSM with NCC cadets during the ex-servicemen’s rally at Lal Parade ground on Friday.
Air Vice Marshal (retired) A Vikram Pethia and Brigadier (retired) R Vinayak, VSM with NCC cadets during the ex-servicemen’s rally at Lal Parade ground on Friday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Ex-servicemen feel that a new India Gate-like memorial in MP can only show respect to the bravehearts who sacrificed their lives for the country.

India Gate has the name of all the soldiers, who sacrificed their lives before Independence. In the past 69 years, forces fought hard and won almost all the fights but no memorial introduced for them, said veteran Air Vice Marshal, A Vikram Pethia.

“Shaurya Smarak is a good attempt towards it but this should have done 40 or 50 years ago,” he said.

Lt General Milan Naidu said the names of ex-servicemen should also be included in the memorial.

Family members of ex-servicemen praised the establishment of Shaurya Smarak.

Jyoti Dixit, the wife of retired commandant Ravindra Dixit, said: “We are really grateful of chief minister for establishing Shaurya Smarak because it is really a respectful place for families of ex-servicemen.”

Ex-servicemen had come with an expectation of major announcement for them, but they didn’t find anything new.

“All three forces -- Army, Air Force and Navy -- are treated as sacrosanct in India but when it comes to giving the best treatment in terms position and perks, bureaucrats dominate. Prime Minister should interact directly with chiefs of all three forces, and not through an IAS officer,” said Brig R Vinayak, VSM.

Vinayak has also written to Prime Minister in this regard .

Brig (retired) Iqbal Siddiqui said, “Army officers should be treated equivalent to IAS officers. Red-tapism is also a problem for force.”

BENEFITS FOR EX-SERVICEMEN

Retired Army men’s complaints being redressed in a speedy manner

Every year about 5000 retired Army men being given jobs

Special training and certificates for getting jobs and to train others for skill development

50000 retired jawans getting financial helps from defence minister’s discretionary fund

Their wards in educational institutions to get scholarship of Rs 5500 instead of Rs 4000

Rs 50,000 instead of Rs 16,000 on marriage of their daughters

The disabled’s categories to be reduced into 3 categories only to ensure they don’t face hassles

As many as 472 new hospitals, including 64 in Madhya Pradesh empanelled for their cashless treatment