Eyeing the 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 war later.
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 war later.
Announcing an increase in the pension of children of martyrs and in amount of “kanyadan” being given on wedding of daughters of ex-servicemen, the CM also announced construction of flats to be given on concessional rates to serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and paramilitary personnel.
He also announced to increase the pension being given to children of martyrs from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 per month and said now on the wedding of daughters of ex-servicemen, financial assistance (Kanyadan Rashi) of Rs. 51,000 would be given instead of Rs. 21,000. He also announced free travel facility in the state roadways buses for gallantry award winning soldiers.
Hooda said the government would bear the burden of interest of loan taken by ex-servicemen and serving soldiers for getting flats allotted from the state government on concessional rates.
He added that the government has decided to construct 50,000 residential flats for serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and paramilitary personnel and would allot these flats to them on concessional rates.
Chief minister’s son and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda, Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Tanwar, education minister Geeta Bhukkal and MLAs were also present on the occasion.