Integrated Sainik Bhavans in dists. soon

An integrated Sainik Bhavan.

An integrated Sainik Bhavan.  

First of its kind in the country, they are a welcome relief for ex-servicemen

In a step that is bound to bring lot of relief to the ex-servicemen in Telangana, Integrated Sainik Bhavans will be come up in the districts to function as one-stop facility for all their needs.

Said to be a first of its kind in the country, the Telangana government, as a pilot project, sanctioned four such integrated complexes to come up in Nizamabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda.

The complex will house the Zilla Sainik Welfare Office (ZSWO), the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) poly clinics to provide first line of medical aid and CSD canteen. Guest rooms and shopping complex to provide self-employment opportunity to the ex-servicemen and widows would be another addition.

₹1.75 cr. for complex

Col. Ramesh Kumar, Director, Sainik Welfare, told The Hindu on Monday that each Sainik Bhavan would cost ₹1.75 crore. The first such complex in Nizamabad is ready for inauguration while the other three at Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda are in advanced stage of construction. The State government has sanctioned ₹7-crore for the construction of the complexes in the first phase.

“The idea of integrated complex is to ease the hardships faced by the former armed forces personnel after retirement. Presently, they have to visit the ZSWO located in one corner of the city and then go to the ECHS poly clinics in another locality. To avail the CSD canteen facilities, the location was at a different place. Now, this running around will end with integrated complexes,” he said.

32,800 members

For the record, there are 32,800 ex-servicemen enrolled across the ZSWO. In addition to this, there are 6,800 widows of ex-servicemen.

Also listed are around 134 World War II and widows, 37 gallantry award winners, four widows of soldiers and officers, who sacrificed their lives for the country and 18 mothers of unmarried soldiers/officers who died during the call of duty.

Interestingly, the Sainik Welfare Department is credited with digitising the records of all the 32,800 ex-servicemen.

Chairman of All-India Ex-servicemen Coordination Committee Naik L. Jagan Reddy (retired) said Sainik Bhavans are a big step for the welfare of the personnel, who had to run from one place to other to get their grievances redressed.

He urged the government to consider allotting houses under the double bed room scheme.

He said the government should consider developing one Defence Colony in each district like the one in Secunderabad.

President of Air Force Association, TS & AP., wing commander T. J. Reddy (retired) said the veterans of Telangana have today the best welfare measures and financial assistance from the State government with great support from the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

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