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Gen Rawat’s contribution to country is incomparable: Dhami

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CM unveils statue of Gen Bipin Rawat

By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 14 Apr: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami unveiled statue and memorial site of the country‘s first Chief of Defence Staff, Late General Rawat at Kanak Chowk, here today. On this occasion, the CM said that in order to make the memory of General Rawat permanent, some major project of the state would be named after him. He said that this grand statue and memorial site will serve as a reminder of the bravery, indomitable courage and bravery of General Rawat as well as inspire the youth to follow in his footsteps. The statue and memorial site of CDS General Rawat has been constructed by MDDA at a cost of about Rs 50 lakh.
Paying tributes to CDS General Rawat, the Chief Minister said that the irreparable loss was caused to the country by his sudden death. He said that Uttarakhand is a pro military state and the soldiers of Uttarakhand have made a special contribution in the glorious history of the Indian Army. Joining the army has been a major priority for the youth of Uttarakhand. Military service is not just an employment opportunity for the people of the state but also an excellent opportunity to dedicate life for the country and society.
Dhami said that the selfless service of late General Rawat for four decades to the motherland was replete with extraordinary valour and strategic skills. Till the last day of his life, he lived only and only for the country. His becoming the Chief of Army Staff and the first CDS clearly shows how capable a general he was. Dhami added that the guidance given by Late Rawat was very useful to the soldiers during the surgical strike. His exemplary contribution and commitment cannot be described in words. Under his leadership, the Indian Army established new paradigms of bravery. Along with the country, he also had great attachment to Uttarakhand. The Chief Minister said that being a soldier’s son, he too has an association with the army. As a child, he also wanted to be a part of the army. In 2021, when General Bipin Rawat came to know that his father had been in the Mahar Regiment, he had expressed his desire to go to Mahar Regiment Centre Sagar, but  this did not materialise because of his sudden death in an incident. He added that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government is determined to make Uttarakhand the dream of soldiers. A grand “Shaurya Sthal” (military base) is being constructed in Guniyal village of Dehradun to memorialize the martyrdom  of the soldiers of the state. It is targeted to be completed by the end of this year.
Pushkar Singh Dhami further added that the state government is also working to  provide appointment to the dependents of martyred soldiers in Uttarakhand state services by direct recruitment in Group ‘C’ or ‘D’ posts in the District Magistrate’s office. So far about 23 dependents have been given appointment.  Along with this, a one-time ex-gratia grant of Rs ten lakh has also been allowed to the widows and dependents of the soldiers who were martyred in various wars, border skirmishes and internal security.
The Chief Minister said that the state government is also providing housing assistance of up to two lakh rupees to war widows or war disabled soldiers. While a provision has also been made to give a grant of one lakh rupees for the marriage of daughters of military widows and orphan daughters of ex-servicemen. The goal is to make Uttarakhand of the dreams of soldiers by providing all possible help for the benefit of serving soldiers, ex-servicemen and their dependents.
Cabinet Minister Ganesh Joshi and MLA Khajan Das also expressed their views on this occasion. In the program, MP Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama, GOC Uttarakhand Sub Area Major General Sanjeev Khatri, Vice President MDDA Banshidhar Tiwari, Maj GS Rawat, Maj Anand Singh Rawat, both daughters of General Bipin Rawat, Kritika and Tarini, along with army officers and soldiers were present.