Braving scorching heat, hundreds of ex-servicemen drawn from different parts of the district and of different ranks on Tuesday demanded setting up of a Himalayan regiment for the hill states, besides restoration of quota of Himachal Pradesh in the Indian Army.
The demand was made at a conference that was chaired by Rajendra Rana, Independent MLA from Sujanpur Tira.
The sammelan called upon the central government to look at the demands of the ex-servicemen and serving soldiers and shift the centre of Dogra regiment from Faizabad to Himachal Pradesh; start a wholesale depot of the CSD in Una and open an Army university on the analogy of Army schools.
It also made a strong demand for increasing the quota of wards of ex-servicemen and serving soldiers in the government jobs on regular basis.
Addressing the sammelan, Rana paid tributes to them for safeguarding the borders of the nation in various wars and thereby preserving the hard fought freedom of India. Rana said the nation would remain indebted to them for their services and coming generations would not forgive their contribution to the nation.
He was pained to say the quota of the state in the Indian Army had been reduced from 12% to 6% and that was shocking and needed immediate change.
He said when young persons were not available in other states for recruitment in the Indian Army, there was need on part of the central government to increase the HP quota to enable the valiant youth of the state to join the armed forces.
Rana said he would personally hand over the adopted resolutions to chief minister Virbhadra Singh for taking action at his end.
In the sammelan, Rana had a dig at those who were trying to harm his reputation despite losing the last elections. He said he was the people's choice and would continue to work for their well-being and welfare and would not be disheartened by the false accusations of those who had no mass base in the region.
Earlier, Rana was given a warm welcome when he reached for taking part in the function.