State governor K. Sankaranarayanan today urged upon the ex-servicemen to remember their duty towards the nation they were so wonderfully imparted with during their service days, adding their duty towards nation should not end with retirement.
“As long as you are a part of the society, you can continue doing your bit for the betterment of our fellow beings.” Sankaranarayanan who is also the Chairman of the state Rajya Sainik Board said while addressing the state level ex-servicemen rally held at the 26 AR ground Kohima, Tuesday.
The country is proud and has deep sense of gratefulness to the ex-servicemen who have dedicated the best part of their lives in the service of the nation, the Governor said and reassured them that they can play an important role in the society.
In this regard, he asked them to take keen interest in things happening around them and never feel shy of providing assistance and help to any good cause that they may come across. Reminding the difficult task performed by soldiers in ensuring security and integrity of the country by placing their services before self and through long period of detachment from the dynamic, intricacies and comfort of civil life, he said it becomes a major challenge once they return back to the fold of civil lives.
The situation is compounded because they retire early while others of their age profiles around him are still gainfully employed. In this regard, he stressed that the effort of various bodies for the welfare of the ex-servicemen need to be seen and appreciated.
He also stressed the need of the Rajya Sainik Board to endeavor to make everyone aware of the various welfare schemes and help them to come forward to avail the benefits. There are still many ex-servicemen failing to fully utilize the schemes meant for them, he said and appealed to all concerned agencies specially the district level ex-servicemen bodies to give utmost seriousness that it deserves and ensures full coverage to everybody. He also revealed that the Rajya Sainik Board has been successful in getting land for construction of polyclinic at Kohima and Dimapur and also that the New Directorate of Rajya Sainik Board to be functional within this month itself. GOC 3 corps, Lt Gen R.K.Loomba AVSM in his addressed told the gathering ex-servicemen that their sacrifice to the nation has no parallel and that the great nation will in turn look after their welfare.
“Your sacrifices will be scripted in golden letter in the history of the country.” The General also lauded the state government of Nagaland and expressed his gratitude for the active cooperation. “Army is committed to look after the ex-servicemen”, he added. M. C. Acharya, Secretary to the Department of ex-servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence who was also present on the occasion praises the contribution made by the state in the defence of the country.
A state with two million population and contributing about 3000 ex-servicemen is encouraging, he said. Earlier, Subedar (Retd) R.Lotha while speaking on behalf of the ex-servicemen lauded the state government for 5% job reservation for re-employment.
On the problem of the ex-servicemen, he said that the ex-servicemen of the state is presently facing problem of getting medical treatment due to non payment of pending medical bills amounting to Rs.1.6 lakh by the ministry.