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Governor, CM address RSB meet

Home minister Imkong L Imchen, Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio ,Governor, K. Sankaranarayan and Chief secretary Lalhuma at the annual general meeting of the Rajya Sainik Board (RSB). (NP)
Correspondent, Kohima, Nov 21:
Published on 22 Nov. 2008 12:50 AM IST
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The annual general meeting of the Rajya Sainik Board (RSB) was held under the chairmanship of Nagaland Governor, K. Sankaranarayan at Raj Bhavan, here today. Nagaland Governor, K. Sankaranarayan, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sainik Board delivering the welcome address expressed hope that the Board would rededicate towards the general welfare of the ex-servicemen for their dedicated service towards the country. Addressing the gathering, State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said that the government has requested the Minister of Defence, Government of India to sanction another battalion of Territorial Amy (TA) for the people of Nagaland. He said that the formation of 164 Territorial Army Battalion (Home & Heart) Naga had given employment opportunity to many Naga youths. He also said that about 2800 Naga youths have been employed in different defence services and many more Naga youths still wants to join the defence services. Therefore, said the State Government has already put up proposal to the Ministry of Defence to grant another TA Battalion for Nagaland. He also the State cabinet has recently approved the Nagaland Private Security Agency (NPSA) Rule, which would give employment opportunity for ex-servicemen in the State. Besides, the State Government has even created a Directorate for the Rajya Sainik Board to look into the welfare of the ex-servicemen. Director General (Resettlement), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Major General S. G. Chatrerjee said that the overall duty of the Rajya Sainik Board is to look for the welfare of the ex-servicemen, their widows and dependents. Revealing that there is no dirt of fund from the Central Government, he however said that the State's matching share of 50% fund should be released timely so that there would not be any fund constraint. State Home Minister, Imkong L. Imchen, high ranking officers from the Army, Assam Rifles, Police, State Commissioner and various other defence services from Delhi attended today's meeting.

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