JAMMU, DEC 20: At a function organized by the Rajya Sainik Board in connection with the Armed Forces Flag Day Celebrations, at the Tiger Auditorium here today, Governor N.N. Vohra complimented and thanked all individuals and organisations who are helping the Rajya Sainik Board in raising funds for promoting the welfare of ex-Servicemen and their families.
Governor observed that the Armed Forces Flag Day, observed on 7th December every year, is an important occasion to remember the valiant soldiers who sacrifice their lives for protecting the territorial integrity of the nation. He lauded the crucial role of the Armed Forces, both during war and in peace time, and observed that their sacrifices were founded in their bravery, devotion and dedication.
Governor stressed the need to make our civil society aware about the role Army is playing in safeguarding our country and maintaining a vigil along the over 15,000 km long land borders, which have two militarized frontiers.
Governor observed that it is our moral responsibility to take special care of the families of our ex-Servicemen, particularly those of our martyrs and expressed concern about the difficulties faced by the families of non pensioner widows. He noted that consequent to his taking up the matter with Raksha Mantri their pensions had been recently revised to Rs. 48,000 per annum. He noted that we need to work hard to mitigate their sufferings by providing timely support.
Brig. (Retd.) Harcharan Singh, Director Rajya Sainik Board spoke about the ongoing activities of the Rajya Sainik Board and funds raised.
The Governor presented cheques of Rs. 10,000 each to 34 war widows and prizes to winners of painting and patriotic song competitions among school children organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and the Rajya Sainik Board. He also gave away Certificates of Appreciation to Jammu citizens who are working for the welfare of ex-Servicemen and their families.
Brigadier T.K. Chopra, Station Commander; Sh. R.S. Chib, former Minister were among the distinguished guests present on the occasion.