Ex-servicemen to honour widows of martyrs
PATNA: The ex-servicemen of Bihar, who are celebrating ex-servicemen week from September 7, have decided to observe it till the end of this month. During the month-long celebration, the ex-servicemen would visit each district of the state and garland the portraits of martyrs and honour their widows.
According to Bihar Ex-servicemen League president Col (retd) V K Singh, Bihar is the second largest state after Punjab in terms of the number of ex-servicemen. Bihar contributes a lot to defence services. Yet, the facilities being given to the ex-servicemen are inadequate, particularly for their rehabilitation and medical aid, he said.
Lauding the role of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar, Singh said that Bihar government had no doubt given a new life to ex-servicemen by appointing about 15,000 ex-servicemen as Special Auxiliary Police (SAP), of which 3,000 have been deployed at sensitive jails and other such areas to deal with law and order more effectively.
Singh said that ex-servicemen would take out a rally in each district and honour widows of martyrs and pay their gratitute to martyrs living in villages. The objective behind observing Ex-servicemen Week throughout September is to remember all martyrs and their widows living in Bihar, he said. “It is good that the state government has decided to set up six new complexes at a cost of Rs 1 crore each at Ara, Chhapra, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Munger and Motihari for establishing Zila Sainik Kalyan Kendras. However, there is immediate need to fill 13 vacant posts of Zila Kalyan Adhikari in the state,” he said.
Stressing the need for setting up more defence units and establishments in Bihar, Singh said that the defence ministry should give a thought to set up newly-raised Mountain Strike Corps’ headquarters in Bihar, for which about 4,000 to 5,000 acres of land would be required as it would lead to development of a new township on the pattern of Siliguri and Binaguri located in West Bengal. It could further improve the socio-economic condition of Bihar, he said, adding Bihar has only Danapur cantonment so far.
Source: Times of India