By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 4 Mar: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and MP Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ felicitated ‘Veer Naries’ in Doon, today.
The ‘Shaurya Samman Samaroh’ was held at the Survey Auditorium. The Defence Minister displayed her reverence for the Veer Naries by touching their feet. The programme was conducted by MLA Ganesh Joshi.
The Defence Minister said that she always received inspiration from meeting Veer Naries and acknowledged that soldiers were always ready to serve the nation under any circumstances. The nation would always be grateful to those who had made the supreme sacrifice in its defence.
She reminded that the Modi Government had approved the OROP for the defence forces. The budget provision was also made for it, amounting to Rs 35,000 crore. Every year, Rs 8000 crore would also be allocated to keep it going. She promised that anomalies would be removed.
She expressed displeasure that, even seventy years after Independence, the nation did not have a war memorial to remember that had fallen in battle. The Modi Government had dedicated it to the nation in February, this year. Many cases regarding disabilities, which were in court, had been withdrawan by the government. The notification equating the services with the civil services had been withdrawn. Women would get permanent commission in SSC just like men. Three ECHS hospitals would be set up of 200 beds, each, would be set up. She reiterated the Government’s commitment tot the soldiers and ex-servicemen.
The defence minister honoured 15 war widows and mothers, offering them a shawl and a bouquet.
Earlier, she said the Centre was taking all steps for the welfare of armed forces and that the government stood firmly with them.
“We are doing everything for their welfare. If you have any doubts, ask us and we will clear them,” Sitharaman said at a function here to honour war widows and mothers.
She said lies were being spread through social media to mislead the armed forces about Centre’s welfare schemes, and that if people have any doubt about a scheme, they should ask her directly.
Chief Minister Rawat announced that a Para-Military Welfare Directorate would be established in the state. He praised the political will of the Prime Minister, particularly in battling terrorism. He expressed pride in the sacrifices made by the state’s residents in the nation’s service. The State Government would never allow this to be forgotten. The nation needed to be united in the battle against terrorism.
MP Nishank also reiterated the government’s dedication to the defence forces.
Convenor MLA Joshi thanked the government for its sensitivity towards the services.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER