Eyeing huge vote share of ex-servicemen in the state, especially in Jhajjar and Rewari, and ahead of the assembly elections, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced a slew of incentives for ex-servicemen and armed forces personnel, including employment to dependents of martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1962 war or in any other later war.
According to government records, the state has 19 lakh serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependants.
Hooda, while addressing a 'sammelan' of ex-servicemen at Jhajjar on Sunday, announced that the government would provide employment in Group C or D category to one dependent of martyred personnel of armed forces and paramilitary forces who were domiciled in Haryana and had sacrificed their lives in the war of 1962 or in any other later war.
Announcing an increase in the pension of children of martyrs and in amount of "kanyadan" being given on wedding of daughters of ex servicemen, he also announced construction of flats to be given on concessional rates to serving soldiers, ex servicemen and para-military personnel.
He also declared to increase the pension being given to children of martyrs from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 per month and said that now on the wedding of daughters of ex-servicemen, financial assistance (Kanyadan Rashi) of Rs. 51,000 would be given instead of Rs. 21000. He also announced free travel facility in state roadways buses for Gallantry award winner soldiers.
He said that those ex-servicemen and serving soldiers who would take loan from banks to get flats allotted by state government on concessional rates, the government would bear their burden of interest.
He said that the government has decided to construct 50,000 residential flats for serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and para-military personnel and allot these to them on concessional rates.
On this occasion, chief minister's son and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda, HPCC president Ashok Tanwar, education minister Geeta Bhukkal and other local MLAs were present.