Army commander Lt Gen Anil Chait formally launched a series of initiatives being undertaken by the Central Command for the welfare of ex-servicemen during a gala event at the Surya auditorium in Lucknow Cantonment on Tuesday. The general officer commanding-in- chief (GOC-in-C) also unveiled the ‘Year of Veterans’ banner in the presence of hundreds of former soldiers and their families.
Addressing the packed auditorium, the Lt Gen outlined a series of time- bound programmes for the welfare of nearly six lakh ex-servicemen within the geographical area of the Central Command spanning over seven states.
“We can never forget the contribution of veterans to our generations. Now their contribution deserves unqualified support, not only from the great institution-Indian Army, but from the countrymen too,” said Lt Gen Chait. “The thrust of the campaign is premised along the four verticals of entitlement, health, housing and re-employment,” he added.
The army commander informed that a pilot project, involving all four verticals has been launched under the three-phase mass contact programme. The project is already underway in ex-servicemen intensive regions of western and eastern UP, he added.
In the first phase, Army teams have visited the villages and obtained preliminary data of the problems being faced by former armymen. This will be followed by scrutiny of the data collected. The final step of the process will be a monthlong drive to resolve the issues.
A blood donation camp was also organised on the occasion as a mark of respect for ex-servicemen. Serving senior and young officers and soldiers from Lucknow, Allahabad, Bareilly, Agra, Roorkee, Dehradun, Meerut, Danapur, Ranchi, Jabalpur and Mhow donated 200 units of blood. The army commander accompanied by his wife Neeta Chait, president Family Welfare Organisation, were the first to donate blood.