16 Dec : The army will dedicate the year 2011 for its personnel disabled while serving the nation and a number of programmes will be launched for their welfare, Army Chief General V K Singh said in New Delhi today.
“We are working out programmes under which we will give attention to all our disabled. It is not that we don’t do it now, but for one year we want to concentrate only on this particular aspect,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function to honour war widows and disabled personnel.
Asked about complaints from veterans that they have been forgotten by the nation, Singh said the army has been working towards addressing the issue by updating the database of ex-servicemen at their regimental centres.
“Our endeavour is to prepare such a system that we can access the database of all the centres and after that see the shortcomings. And then send our personnel to these people and enquire about their problems and try to provide solutions for them,” he added.
The army chief and his wife Bharati Singh today handed over scooters to the disabled soldiers and provided monetary help to the war widows.