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ZAKHAMA, Oct 10: The Rajya Sainik Board Nagaland in collaboration with the Red Shield Division organized a day-long Ex-Servicemen Rally here at Zakhama Military Station on Thursday in an effort to address the welfare issues faced by army veterans of Nagaland and families of ex-servicemen and martyrs.
Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya who graced the occasion as the guest of honour, paid rich tributes to the ex-servicemen of Nagaland for sacrificing their best years in the service of the country. He stated that it will be a great injustice if their welfare issues are not addressed by the government. He also complimented the organizers of the rally for endeavoring to address the issues pertaining to the welfare of veterans and veer naris (widows of soldier martyrs) and also bringing all the stakeholders under one roof through the event.
The Governor said Nagaland today needs peace so that development can take place in all aspects for the State to progress and to be at par with the rest of the country. He remarked that the present government at the Centre and the State are serious to bring peace to Nagaland, and he underscored the need for the people to inculcate a spirit of vibrancy as peace and progress will not come through stagnancy. Towards this, he called upon the ex-servicemen, with their life-long experiences, to contribute and strengthen the hands of the government towards bringing permanent peace in the state.
Secretary Rajya Sainik Board and Director Sainik Welfare & Resettlement Nagaland, Brig. (Retd) KK Roy Choudhury highlighted that the main aim of the rally was to create awareness about the government schemes and policies meant to improve the welfare of the ex-servicemen and their dependents, and to register their grievances for redressal.
GOC 3 Corps Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat, in his brief address stated that he is proud to be standing amongst a host of ex-servicemen who have sacrificed their youth to the cause of the nation. He said the Indian Army holds its respected position today due to the contributions of the ex-servicemen, whose legacy the present generation is taking forward.
Three veer naris and five World War II veterans present at the rally were honoured on the occasion. Zaneisie-ü, wife of Lt. Zakieto Angami addressed the gathering on behalf of widow pensioners. GOC 57 Mountain Division (Red Shield Division) Maj. Gen. P N Rao, and IGAR (N) Maj. Gen. MS Jaswal also graced the occasion. Ex-servicemen and family members of ex-servicemen from the seven districts of Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Peren, Zunheboto, Phek and Kiphire attended the event.
Stalls were put up by the army and State government departments to update the ex-servicemen regarding schemes and policies relating to their welfare while a pensioners’ grievance cell and a medical camp was also part of the rally.