Haryana CM Offers Defence Forces To Set Up Base In Haryana To Increase Percentage of Haryana Soldiers

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India, (30/11/2018) : Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that though Haryana has a sizeable contribution in the armed forces of the Country, efforts are being made to increase it beyond the 10 per cent. For this, he offered all support and cooperation including the land to the Army for the setting up of armed forces preparatory institute in the State so that maximum youth could join the armed forces.

Mr. Manohar Lal was speaking at the Civil Military Liaison Conference here today.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Western Command Lt. General Surinder Singh, Chief of Staff Western Command P.M Bali and other senior officers of the State Government and Army were also present on this occasion.

While describing Haryana as the State of ‘Jawan and Kisan’, he said that at present the contribution of Haryana in the Armed Forces of the country is over nine per cent which is significant but we want to further raise it to over ten per cent. To achieve this, we are ready to give all support and cooperation including the land to Army for the setting up of a preparatory institute in the State so that maximum youth could join the armed forces. Recently, the village panchayat Khanda in district Sonipat has offered 50 acres of land for the setting up of Armed forces’ preparatory institute, he added.

Highlighting the significance of Civil Military Liaison Conference, he said that this is the fourth annual conference being organized during the present State Government. The Army plays a vital role in the security and sovereignty of the country and therefore their liaison with the civil society is important. The conference provides a common platform to discuss and resolve various issues between the army and the civil administration, he added.

Recalling his visit to Israel, he said that it was mandatory for every youth in Israel to spend at least two-three years on army platform. He said that we have started new course of Police Cadet Corps on the pattern of National Cadet Corps so as to impart training to the students from the early age.

Referring to the steps taken by the present State Government for the welfare of serving and ex-servicemen, he said that present State Government has taken several decisions for their welfare. A separate Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department has been set up and General K.J Singh (Retd.) has been appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister on Sainik and Ardh Sainik matters. Apart from this, government jobs have so far been provided to 252 dependents of the martyrs. It is the first time that dependents of martyrs of war of 1962 and 1971 are also being provided government jobs.

Various issues were taken up on this occasion, most of were resolved on the spot.
It was decided that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) would be signed between Western Command and the State Government for making provision of civil medical facilities to armed forces in case of war or duties. It was informed that there are 12,660 beds in state government hospitals besides having fully equipped surgical teams in 22 districts. Apart from this, the State has 28 government blood banks and 79 private blood banks. It also has 60 advance ambulances and 207 basic ambulances.

It was informed that a General Degree College of Army would come up at village Bataur, Tehsil Barwala in district Panchkula for which the State Government has approved land measuring 10 acres to Head Quarter, Western Command free of cost. Lt. General Surinder Singh said that there was a huge demand of a Degree College in this area. He said that certain percentage of seats in this college would also be reserved for the wards of civilians.

It was also informed that the Army Head Quarter has also approved the proposal for the setting up of Army Collage in village Budha Khera Lather; district Jind in the memory of Maj. Sanjeev Lather. Maj. Sanjeev who hailed from the village had attained martyrdom in November 2016 in a chopper crash at Sukhna in West Bengal. The village panchayat has offered 25 acres of land free of cost for this purpose

Regarding the updation of internal security scheme of Haryana, it was informed that the work for updation of the scheme is under progress and the same would be completed within 15 days. It was also informed that the project for enhancing the water supply to Ambala Cantt. from eight cusec to twenty cusecs would be completed by March 31, 2020.

Earlier speaking on this occasion, Chief Secretary Mr. D.S Dhesi said that Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal has been taking keen interest for the welfare of personnel of armed forces and para-military forces who hails from the State. The amount of ex-gratia has been increased from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh. Apart from this, it has been decided recently that in case of martyrdom of Class I army officer, his dependent would be provided class II government job.

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Western Command Lt. General Surinder Singh thanked the Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal for being receptive to the needs of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen in the State. He described the soldiers of Haryana as good and hardy and hoped that Indian Army would continue to get more soldiers from the State.

Extending his gratitude to the Chief Minister for inviting them to the Civil Military Liaison Conference, Lt. General Surinder Singh said that aim of the conference is to maintain a regular link between Army and Civil Administration. He appreciated that the departments made a tremendous progress is resolving the issues discussed during the previous meeting.

General K.J Singh (Retd.) Advisor to Chief Minister on Sainik and Ardh Sainik matters also spoke on this occasion.

Among those present on this occasion included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Excise and Taxation Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr. S.S Prasad, Director General of Police Mr. B.S Sandhu, Principal Secretary Urban Local Bodies Mr.

Anand Mohan Sharan, Principal Secretary Irrigation and Water Resources Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Principal Secretary Town and Country Planning Mr. A.K Singh,  Principal Secretary Sainik and Ardh Sainik Welfare Department Mrs. Deepti Umashankar, Secretary Haryana, General Administration Department Mr. Vijayendra Kumar, Chief Administrator HSVP Mr. J. Ganeshan, Deputy Commissioner Panchkula Mr. Mukul Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Ambala Mrs. Sharandeep Kaur Brar, Deputy Commissioner Kurukshetra  Dr S.S Phulia, Deputy Commissioner Hisar Mr. Ashok Kumar Meena, Deputy Commissioner Sirsa Mr. Prabhjot Singh and other senior officers of State Government and Army.

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