Chief of the army staff Gen Bikram Singh on Sunday visited Rising Star Corps for a review of the operational preparedness of the corps.
On his arrival at Yol Cantonment, Gen Singh accompanied by his wife Bubbles Singh were accorded a warm welcome by lt gen Sanjiv Chachra, GoC-in-C Western Command, Anshul Chachra and lt gen Anil Bhalla, GoC 9 corps and Kavita Bhalla. After reviewing of the operational preparedness of the corps, Gen Singh and his wife visited Pathankot.
Gen Singh after taking over as chief of the army staff announced his key result areas (KRA), which included operational readiness, force modernisation, strengthening the work culture, effective human resource management, enhanced security consciousness and jointness with other services and welfare of veterans, Veer Naris and widows.
Army spokesman said that to give thrust to the (KRA) of welfare of veterans, the chief, addressed a large gathering of approximately 5,000 veterans at Pathankot. The Pathankot rally was one of the largest attended by ex-servicemen from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and assisted by local civil organisations looking after the welfare of ex-servicemen.
Gen assured the gathering that the government and the army were sensitive to their needs and would take care of the ex-servicemen and their families.
The army had set up a number of stalls to render assistance on pension, health, education, housing, insurance, placement, recruitment and personnel records to resolve the problems of ex-servicemen and spread awareness about various rehabilitation and welfare schemes for the veterans, veer naris, gallantry awardees, disabled soldiers and their dependents.
The chief told the gathering that the sacrifices made by these heroes would continue to inspire the present and future generations and motivate large number of youngsters to serve our motherland.
Ms Singh interacted with around 150 veer naris and 85 disabled soldiers. She also inaugurated new Asha School for differently-abled children at Pathankot and a Polyclinic at Unchi Bassi.