"The ex-servicemen, besides being employed as security personnel, can also be hired in other private sectors as well," Maj. Gen. Nanjappa said

Stating that services provided by armed personnel are often forgotten after they retire, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj laid emphasis on providing good infrastructural facilities to ex-servicemen.

Addressing the Armed Forces Flag Day function organised by the Government of Karnataka, Department of Sainik Welfare and Resettlement, here Friday, he said: “I recently spoke to Defence Minister A.K. Antony about necessitating the employment of ex-servicemen in the crucial decision-making processes in government departments all across the State. Besides the reservation facility allotted to ex-servicemen, it’s important to maintain a good network with them,” Mr. Bhardwaj told his audience comprising Ministers, serving Armed Forces personnel, Civil Service officers, next of kin of battle casualties, ex-defence personnel, NCC cadets, school students and the public at the Raj Bhavan.

Maj.Gen. (retd.) M.C. Nanjappa pointed out that as per the Ex-Servicemen (Re-Employment in Central Civil Services and Posts) Rules 1979, there is a 10 per cent reservation for all the posts under Central government group C and D jobs.

However, the reservation policy is not being monitored and effectively executed. “For the effective implementation and optimum use of the reservation policy, a vigilance committee comprising an army officer, government officer and judiciary officer needs to be formed. The ex-servicemen, besides being employed as security personnel, can also be hired in other private sectors as well,” Maj. Gen. Nanjappa added.

The Armed Forces Flag Day is commemorated on December 7 and is marked by the release of the Armed Forces token/car flags.