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KOHIMA, Oct 21: The Directorate of Sainik Welfare & Resettlement Rajya Sainik Board and State Managing Committee of a special fund for Rehabilitation of Ex-Servicemen Nagaland held their 22nd Annual meeting at Banquet Hall Raj Bhavan, Kohima on 21st October 2016.
Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya in his address thanked all those who have come from the state as well as from outside the state to attend the meeting. Governor complimented Brig K.K. Roy Choudhury SM, VSM and his staff for their efforts in resolving problems and grievances of Ex-Servicemen fraternity in a meaningful manner through their efforts in grooming and developing Ex-Servicemen, dependents and youth which is praiseworthy.
Governor said that the Sainik Welfare and Resettlement have been getting assistance from the state Home and Finance Department and as the President of Rajya Sainik Board, he thanked all concerned for their help and requested them to continue their assistance in near future also. He also thanked the Nagaland State Chief Minister and the state government for enhancing the World War II veterans penury grant from Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 6000/- per month in tune with direction from the Central government. Acharya said this will go a long way in addressing welfare and medical problems of WWII veterans who are at the higher side of the age brackets. Governor also expressed his happiness to Ex-Servicemen for participating in various nation events by fielding their contingents at district and state capital like during Independence and Republic Day and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan in remote locations and imparting vocational training. He also thanked the Director Sainik Welfare & Resettlement and his team for organising this kind of meeting to participate and interact with various welfare measures.
Nagaland Home Minister, Y. Patton also attended the meeting and read out the Chief Minister’s expressed happiness that discussions are held for the welfare issue pertaining to the Ex-Servicemen widow and dependents of their soldiers who have spent their prime time in defending the motherland. He said it is the responsibility of all citizens and the government to look after welfare and wellbeing of the Ex-Servicemen. Patton said the soldier retire at the early age of 34 to 38 years in order to maintain younger profile of defence services and this is the time when their families have just started. Therefore he said the welfare and resettlement of those retired soldiers are utmost important. Patton said it becomes necessary to assist Ex-Servicemen to develop skills and vocational training to set up self-help small scale industries and cooperation societies etc.
He also maintained that the efforts of the Director in addressing large numbers of pending issues pertaining to pension, allowances, welfare and medical grant etc with the Central government, Centralised pension processing centre Guwahati and with Records and Regimental centres has fructified and because of this approximately an amount of Rs. 50 lakhs has been paid by the concern Pension & Disbursing Authority to the Ex-Servicemen fraternity, widow and dependents in this financial year. He also expressed his happiness to the Directorate of Sainik Board for conducting vocational training and also facilitating in conduct of recruitment rally as well as pre-recruitment coaching for Naga youth to join in defence services/paramilitary forces where large number of youth participated and a total of 335 Naga youth have been recruited in the last three rallies. Patton said that the state government has now reached at saturation point to provide the employment in the state government services and also complemented Brig K.K. Roy Choudhury and his staff for taking initiative and proactive instance to improve all facets of the welfare of Ex-Servicemen, widows dependents of WWII veterans and Naga youth as well.