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Will ensure implementation of quota for veterans in govt jobs: Punjab to army

The annual civil-military liaison conference was reduced to a ritual with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s inability to preside over it on Wednesday.

punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2016 19:18 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.(HT File Photo)

The annual civil-military liaison conference was reduced to a ritual with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s inability to preside over it on Wednesday.

Badal was scheduled to chair the meeting, but due to “inclement weather” his chopper could not take off from Amritsar.

The meeting was delayed by two hours, and finally the government fielded additional chief secretary (home) Jagpal Singh Sandhu to take this meeting, in which Western Command chief of staff Lt Gen IS Ghuman represented the army.

During the annual meeting, various issues between the army and the state government are discussed and decided on the spot. Its importance can be gauged from the fact that top-rung bureaucrats and police officers besides all deputy commissioners were summoned to attend it.

The state government assured the army that it will adhere to the policy of giving reservation to ex-servicemen in all categories of government jobs and that the defence services welfare -- the nodal department -- has been mandated to ensure its strict implementation.

The government informed the army that notification about hike in financial assistance from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,500 per month to the World War-2 veterans and widows has already been issued following the cabinet nod.

Additional chief secretary (home) Sandhu said the government will provide land for running Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) polyclinics at non-military stations. “In places where the land is not available, the government will help the army to acquire land,” a spokesperson said.

Sandhu asked the SAS Nagar deputy commissioner to ensure that no unauthorised and unplanned construction activity takes place within the notified area adjoining the Chandigarh airport (military part of the airport).

Lt Gen Ghuman assured the gathering that the army personnel were ever ready to serve the nation with utmost commitment, said the spokesperson.