Major Mankotia re-elected chairman of HP chapter of Indian Ex-Services League
The 34th annual general meeting (AGM) of Indian Ex-Services League, Himahcal Pradesh chapter, concluded at Dharasmala on Saturday. During the two-day meet, Congress leader Major Vijay Singh Mankotia (retired) was unanimously elected the chairman of the league for a five-year term.punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2013 18:34 IST
The 34th annual general meeting (AGM) of Indian Ex-Services League, Himahcal Pradesh chapter, concluded at Dharasmala on Saturday. During the two-day meet, Congress leader Major Vijay Singh Mankotia (retired) was unanimously elected the chairman of the league for a five-year term. Mankotia has been elected as the chairman of the league for 10th consecutive time.
Mankotia was first elected as the chairman of the league in 1984.
The league represents of ex- servicemen, their family and dependants and is recongnised by Centre and state governments. With presence in every state of India, the league was founded in 1964 by Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who was first commander-in-chief of the Indian Army after Independence.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Major Mankotia said the meeting has unanimously decided to seek the assistance of chief minister Virbhadra Singh to secure from the Centre the long pending demand of 'one rank, one pension'.
"We also urge the state government to take of the issue of increasing recruitment quota in Indian Army for the unemployed youth of Himachal Pradesh," said Mankotia. Besides, the league has also decided to organise a state level rally of ex- servicemen soon, where the chief minister will be the chief guest.
"We have also requested the chief minister to invite either Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or defense minister AK Antony to this rally and make some declaration with regard to the ex-servicemen's long pending demands, including 'one rank, one pension'," said Mankotia. Mankotia said the league has also decided to call upon all the political parties to give due representation to the ex-servicemen in elections.
"HP has the distinction of producing four Param Veer Chakra - the highest gallantry award in the country - recipients," said Mankotia. "Hundreds of brave soldier from Himachal have sacrificed their lives for the country. However, in return successive Central and state governments have done little for the welfare of the vast community," he said.