Ex-servicemen body celebrates silver jubilee

Staff Reporter

Rajahmundry: Murthy Jasti, a retired Lieutenant, has promised to extend financial support if ex-servicemen think of setting up a military training school in Rajahmundry.

Addressing the silver jubilee function of the East Godavari Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association on Sunday, Mr. Murthy, who retired from the Navy, said that today’s youth was found wanting in patriotism, nationalism and discipline and blamed parents for the trend.

Referring to misguided youth and terrorism, he attributed these evils to poverty, faulty education system, violence in films and television serials and influence of Western culture.

Speaking about the term ‘management’, he said that a Subedar, with minimum education qualification, working on border manages a small group of Army men. “There is no need for management degree to servicemen,” he said. Even after retirement, ex-servicemen were doing their bit to the nation whenever the need arose, he added.

Appeals for support

Stating that he had decided to join active politics and that he chose to join the Praja Rajyam Party, Mr. Murthy appealed for support from ex-servicemen. T.K. Visveswara Reddy, who helped ex-servicemen construct their own houses, said that he was moving with ex-servicemen for the last 20 years and that he knew the plight of families of those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation.

President of the association G. Prasada Rao, in his address, said that the association would be grateful to Ravinutala Rajendra Prasad, a doctor and honorary president of the association , for his services to the fraternity.

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