Bhopal, February 9 : The monthly convention of ex-servicemen was held on the premises of local Zila Sainik Kalyan office this morning where economic assistance to the tune of Rs 49500 was distributed among 33 brave soldiers of World War-II and their widows at the rate of Rs 1500 per head. Tributes were also paid to the late Brigadier (retired) KP Pande at the programme.
Welcoming ex-servicemen at the convention, Zila Sainik Kalyan Officer Wing Commander (Retired), informed that Brigadier (retired) KP Pande, who used to help Zila Sainik Kalyan Board, passed away on February 4, 2010. Born on July 4, 1946, Brigadier Kailash Prasad Pande was commissioned in the army on August 25, 1946. He had exhibited exemplary courage and bravery in the war of 1971 for which he was decorated with Mahavir Chakra by the government of India. Those present at the meet observed a two-minute silence and paid tributes to Brigadier Pande by offering flowers to his photograph.
Welfare Coordinator Shri Ram Kumar threw light on the welfare programmes for ex-servicemen. He said that constables are to be recruited in district police forces at Shahdol, Gwalior, Guna, Shivpuri, Ashok Nagar, Bhind, Morena, Sheopur and Datia and Special Armed Force in Gwalior in which 10 percent vacancies are reserved for ex-servicemen. Applications can be submitted from February 19 to 25, 2010. The Welfare Coordinator also informed about the Sainik Rally to be held under relation quota at 3 EME Centre, Bairgarh and Secunderabad from February 8 to 21. He also threw light on Pradhanmantri Chhatravritti Yojana launched for higher education of ex-servicemen’s children.
The cheques for assistance were given away by retired colonel Shri Mahadik and Karnal Baba.