As many as 3,500 ex-servicemen, including 100 veer naris (war widows) attended a mega rally at the Mammun Cantonment area near Pathankot on Saturday.
Organised by Pathankot Sub Area under the Rising Star Corps, the rally was aimed to hear the problems of the veterans and the veer naris while Lt Gen. KJ Singh, Army Commander, Western Command, was himself present in this mega rally, who heard and assured them a solution to their problems soon.
The rally was attended by the retired army personnel and the war widows from Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Pathankot and Kangra districts.
Later addressing the rally, Lt Gen KJ Singh, reassured the veterans and veer naris that they shall always remain inseparable members of the armed forces fraternity.
The rally was held in close coordination with the state administration and Rajya Sainik Boards. The focus of the rally was to resolve anomalies in disbursement of pension, land and legal cases being confronted by the veterans and veer naris Lt. Gen claimed further.
A number of stalls from various welfare agencies and organisations of the Army and civil administration were set up at the venue. A medical team, fully equipped with modern equipment and medicines, was also in place. An ‘Employment Fair’ for advising Kith and Kin of Veterans and Veer Naris on employment avenues was also a major attraction.
The rally was a major step forward for ameliorating the day to day problems of the veterans and veer naris the army officials claimed. It gave a platform to the veer naris to express their concerns directly to the concerned officials they concluded.
The Army Commander presented mobility equipment to handicapped battle causalities veterans and also honoured the veer naris and their dependents.