Assuring that Army will reach out to all its veterans and continue to take steps to improve upon the support and facilities being extended to them, chief of army staff (COAS) general Bikram Singh today addressed a massive ex-servicemen rally here in cantonment area.
The rally was attended by 7,500 - 8,000 ex-servicemen and Veer Naris from districts across Punjab. Accompanied by his wife Bubbles Bikram Singh, the army chief lauded the contribution of Punjab in Armed forces.
The Army chief emphasised that sacrifices made by the heroes will continue to inspire the present and coming generations and urged the veterans to motivate the younger generation to join the Army as it is the most noble profession.
Singh reiterated Army's commitment and concern for the well being of ex-servicemen, Veer Naris and widows and highlighted measures being taken to ensure their well being.
24 physically challenged veteran soldiers were provided with modified Honda Activa Scooters and 500 Veer Naris, widows and ex-servicemen were felicitated by the Army Chief and his wife, an army release stated here.
Gen Singh avoided direct interaction with media and preferred to address the rally only.
Singh was received by lt gen Philip Campose, GOC-in-C Western Command and lt gen AK Bakshi, GOC Vajra Corps.
The rally was also attended by Adjutant general from Army HQ and many other distinguished senior officers.
The Army had set up multifarious stalls at the rally site to provide medical care, immediate address to their grievances and bring in awareness about various rehabilitation and welfare measures instituted. Issues related to pension, education, housing, insurance, placement, recruitment, finance and personnel records were addressed by dedicated teams detailed from the Army headquarter, Civil Administration, banks and private industry representatives. Rajya Sainik board was also actively involved in updating the ex-servicemen about various welfare schemes of Punjab government.
The chief host, lt gen AK Bakshi, GOC Vajra Corps thanked the COAS and all the veterans and Veer Naris who came from various places for taking time out to make the rally a success.
The rally highlighted the "Year of Veterans" programme as a successful endeavour being under taken by Indian Army.
Prior to the ex-servicemen rally, gen Bikram Singh inaugurated the State- of-the-art and the newly built Vajra Corps headquarters building here at Jalandhar Cantt.