Chandigarh: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said that the state government is actively considering to provide land to Army in the National Capital Region (NCR) for setting up an institute of higher education with a view to provide quality education to the children of serving defence personnel and ex-servicemen. Manohar Lal Khattar was addressing the gathering in the Veterans’ rally after the bhoomi pujan ceremony of ‘Jai Jawan Awas Yojna Project’ at Bahadurgarh in district Jhajjar on Friday.
Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh was also present on this occasion. Manohar Lal Khattar announced that after Bahadurgarh, the second residential colony under ‘Jai Jawan Awas Yojna’ will be established at Karnal. On this occasion, the Chief Minister announced that third Sainik School of the state would be opened in village Matanhail of Jhajjar district. He said that the welfare of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen is among the highest priorities of the state government. Earlier, both the Chief Minister and Chief of Army Staff performed bhoomi pujan in Sector 7 in Rajiv Vihar and also went round an exhibition put up in Sector 2.
While announcing bonanza for the ex-servicemen, the Chief Minister said that 3,000 posts in Police Department will be filled up under the category of ex-servicemen whereas the recruitment process for 1,000 posts is already in progress. He said that apart from this, with a view to bring about a qualitative improvement in the education system in the state, there is a plan to constitute a committee of ex-servicemen at school level. He hoped that involvement of ex-servicemen in education sector would supplement the state government efforts in developing Model Schools.
There are about 2.82 lakh ex-servicemen in the state and the state government is committed to make the most of their experiences for the betterment of the state, added Manohar Lal Khattar.He said that the Central government has fulfilled its promise of ‘One Rank One Pension’ and added that if there is any scope of further improvement in the scheme, he would make all out efforts in their support. While referring to the facilities being given to the ex-servicemen in the state, the Chief Minister said that a provision has been made to give Rs 50 lakh as well as a job, as per the eligibility, to the dependent of the martyr, who had lost his life serving for the country. Apart from this, unprecedented increase has been made in the grant being given to defence personnel, who are the recipient of prestigious awards. Similarly, the ex gratia amount being given to the dependants of martyrs has been increased to Rs 50 lakh from Rs 20 lakh.
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