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Welfare of ex-armymen is Army's top priority: General Bikram Singh

July 1, 2012 - Pathankot

Welfare of the ex-army personnel, war widows and their dependents would be the prime priority of Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, Chief of Indian Army said this while addressing a conclave of army veterans and widows, hosted by Ex-Servicemen's Forum here on Sunday.

"The welfare of our ex-army men and their brave women is one of my aims which I have incorporated within my command that I want to fulfil," Gen Singh said.

He noted that such measure could encourage more youth to join the army, since they would be assured of social security.

"The youth who want to join the army would come in only when they see that the welfare of the ex-servicemen and the brave women are being taken care of. Otherwise why would they come? This is to ensure that our army grows stronger, and to show that it is our duty to look into your welfare. We shall fulfil this with utmost honesty," added General Singh.

General Singh and his wife Bubbles Singh distributed certificates to distinguished veterans and also honoured several war widows.

The General also mentioned about ensuring more teeth to the welfare measures, which the Army Headquarters would monitor.

"It is my wish that the mechanism to look into the welfare of the ex-servicemen should be more strengthened. The Army Headquarters will take it up," he said.


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