The State Government has constituted a new department named as Sainik Welfare Department in order to monitor welfare activities related to the serving and ex-servicemen besides employment generation in government, public and private sector including 70 percent employment to Himachali’s in the private sector.
Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal said that the state government was concerned about the welfare of the serving and ex-servicemen who had rendered yeoman service for the nation and brought laurels to the nation and state. The Sainik Welfare would be under the CM’s direct control. He further said that employment and self-employment would be an important activity to be monitored by the department. Other issues concerning ex-servicemen and serving soldiers related to post retirement employment, self employment, honors and awards to decorated soldiers, initiation and implementation of need based welfare schemes for the ex-servicemen, widows of the ex-servicemen, war widows, their wards, speedy and effective redressal of their grievances would be accorded top priority.
The newly created department would maintain liaison with the armed forces and get issues related to the state resolved at the appropriate level, maintain the record and recommend honors and distinctions to the exceptionally outstanding serving and ex-sevicemen, give boost to the sainik welfare activities, monitor war jagirs, administer special fund for reconstruction and rehabilitation of ex-servicemen, defence and security relief fund, and soldier’s amenity fund beside observing the Flag Day, select candidates from the state for admission to Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun.