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Prime Minister to inaugurate 27th Kendriya Sainik Board meet

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 27th Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) meeting here today.

New Delhi, May 19 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 27th Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) meeting here today.

The KSB functions under the chairmanship of the Defence Minister comprising of Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governors of States and Union Territories and Service Chiefs.

The board meets annually to review policy, achievements and deliberate on pending issues concerning welfare of ex-servicemen (ESM).

Approximately 60,000 Armed Forces personnel retire from active service every year. The present ESM population in the country is 24 lakhs, of which widows' population is over 4.2 lakhs.

The Centre has declared the year 2007 as the year of the "Placement of ESM" with a view to achieve the dual task of offering veterans a meaningful second career, while also harnessing this invaluable resource towards nation building

The Centre and State Governments have accepted the joint responsibility for resettlement of ex-servicemen and to provide them rehabilitation through provision of employment in the organised sector or through self-employment.

The Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) and Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) function conjointly towards the welfare and re-settlement of ESM.

The DGR lays down the policies and schemes for resettlement of retiring and retired ESM fraternity, widows of martyrs and their dependents.

The SEMFEX schemes and National Equity Funds offer soft loans to the ESM population to start their own ventures. More emphasis is now being given to 'Herbal Farming for which DGR arranges for specialized training and availability of technical support and quality seed.5,000 constables have been recruited in the Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) in Bihar from amongst retiring and retired Army personnel. The recruitment of ex-army men for policing is being undertaken on such a scale for the first time in the country.

The booming IT, insurance, service sector including hospitality industry in the country are also providing a second career to the Armed Forces personnel.


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