The annual civil military liaison conference between the administration and the army was held at the Western Command Headquarters at Chandimandir here on Thursday. The meeting was co-chaired by Shivraj Patil and lieutenant general Philip Campose, general officer commanding-in-chief, Western Command. High ranking civil and defence officials from the two sides were also present at the event.
Patil assured the army that UT administration would strive to assist defence personnel and ex-servicemen community, including war widows, in all possible spheres.
Campose highlighted the objectives of the conference and said that it was organised to
effectively coordinate and synergise joint efforts to resolve issues of mutual interest.
He thanked Patil for support to the defence forces and for the positive response in resolving a number of issues.
Patil in turn complimented the armed forces for their role in nation building and further stated that he was proud of the strong bond that existed between the armed forces and the people of Chandigarh.
During the conference, issues of filling up vacancies in Group C and D reserved for ex-servicemen, providing employment to retired officers and junior commissioned officers in various infrastructural projects being undertaken by the UT administration, allotment of land for establishing a girls' hostel in the city, creating vocational and welfare institutes for serving, and veterans, including widows, were also deliberated upon and the way forward was discussed.
The army commander, while concluding the conference, thanked Patil for resolving some key issues pertaining to the allotment of land for armed forces tribunal, including timely completion of work relating to control of flooding of Chandigarh Airport.