The General Officer Commanding (GoC), Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala areas, Lt. Gen. V.K. Pillai, said that the State governments, through the district administrations, could play a crucial role in resolving the problems of the ex-servicemen.
However, the Army was doing its best to address their problems, Gen. Pillai said, addressing a rally of ex-servicemen in Madikeri on Sunday. The Army knew of the supreme sacrifices of its officers and personnel in safeguarding the frontiers of the nation. It was continuously striving to redress their grievances from time to time.
The rally was organised by the Department of Sainik and Resettlement Board, Army Services Corps, Kodagu Ex-Servicemen Association and the Kodagu district administration, at the General K.S. Thimayya Stadium. The rally was being held to remember the glorious contribution of the soldiers for upholding the dignity of the tricolour, Gen. Pillai said. It was also aimed at inspiring the youth to join the armed forces.
The Army has opened 87 ECHS (ex-servicemen contributory health scheme) polyclinics across the country for the benefit of ex-servicemen, Gen. Pillai said.
Additional facilities required by the Madikeri ECHS would be met within a month and that of the Virajpet ECHS polyclinic by December, he said.
He greeted the families of the soldiers from Kodagu who had laid down their lives in the service of the nation.
Kodagu Deputy Commissioner, Anurag Tewari, said that there were large number of ex-servicemen and their families hailing from Kodagu and the District Administration would strive to resolve their problems. Ex-servicemen expressed their dissatisfaction at the beginning of the rally for not being able to get facilities such as food grains under the public distribution system and delay in securing housing sites.
Lt. Gen. B.C. Nanda (retd.), Maj. Gen, B.A. Cariappa (retd.) and other senior officers were present.