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Governor, CM address Rajya Sainik meet

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, governor Nikhil Kumar at the 17th annual meeting of Rajya Sainik Board Nagaland. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Dec. 2009 12:15 AM IST
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Governor of Nagaland and president of Rajya Sainik Board Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar said the government was giving priority to low cost housing for ex-servicemen but added the desired progress was lacking. Presiding the 17th annual meeting of Rajya Sainik Board Nagaland at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Nikhil Kumar said the ex-servicemen deserved such benefit as an act of welfare and sympathy and also urged the ex-servicemen to fully avail the schemes available for their welfare. He said it was the responsibility of the district DCs to interact with people and create required awareness on joining armed forces. Nikhil also urged the members of the board to be updated with the latest schemes for ex-servicemen and to implement the schemes collectively. The governor later led over an in-house meeting. Also speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio expressed optimism that under the guidance and patronage of the Governor there will be further achievements and progress for the Board. He extended gratitude to the Ministry of Defence for the affiliation and concern for serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. He informed the gathering that Nagaland has a high number of 4,800 youths being recruited in the army and 3000 retired soldiers Rio said training and capacity building programmes should be imparted to the spouses of ex-servicemen for income generation. He said some formal training should also be imparted to the army men while in service so that they may become assets for the society even after retiring from service. Minister for rower, Maj Dy Doshehe Sema said ex-servicemen should be a part of eco-territorial army. Special works involved in the eco Territorial Army would include landscaping along with tree plantation, plantation of fruit bearing trees, he said. He said the response from Naga youths in joining armed forces have been good since the forming of the Tri-Service Coordination Committee, whose functions were to check administration and security support during recruitment, to check the composition of Naga regiment, coordinate with the army and Government of India to raise more battalion. He informed that a proposal to shift the Naga regimental centre to Nagaland was under process. Sema further said that a private security service agency called the North East India Security Service had been legislated after its approval by the cabinet. The Board deliberated upon the various welfare and re-settlement measures introduced by the Centre and the State Government for the Veterans and widows. The following were among the important points discussed during the Rajya Sainik Board meeting: Construction of low cost housing at Dimapur for serving soldiers and veterans Construction of Polyclinics under the Ex–Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) for veterans at Dimapur and Kohima. Enhancement of reservation of posts for Ex- Servicemen in the State Police and other state Government departmens Grant of Pensions to World War II veterans and widows Re-organization of the Rajya Sainik Board and the Zila Sainik Boards to re-invigorate them so as to make it more effective Construction of a new building for the Directorate of Rajya Sainik Welfare and Resettlement at Kohima. As a prelude to the Rajya Sainik Board meeting, a meeting of the “State Management Committee of Special Fund for the Re-habilitation and Re-settlement of Ex- Servicemen” was also held. During the meeting, the various welfare schemes introduced by the committee for the Ex-servicemen were discussed along with the Passing of Accounts. The meeting, chaired by the Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar was attended by the chief secretary, Lalyhara, Maj Gen SG Chatterji, VSM the Director General Re-settlement, Army HQ, Maj Gen S. S. Pawar, Chief-of-Staff 3 Corps and the secretary Rajya Sainik Board Lt Col (Retd) S. I. Jakhalu. The meeting was also attended by home minister, Imkong L. Imchen, home commissioner Mhathung Kithan, state commissioner Khulu, chief secretary Lalthara, state DGP K. Kire, defence officers, DCs from various districts, other government officials and members of the Rajya Sainik Board. (With DIPR and PIB inputs)

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