Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday reiterated that his government is committed to the welfare of the retired army personnel and added that his government has taken several measures for the welfare of the military personnel and some more are in the offing.
The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on the welfare of the retired military personnel at Pragathi Bhavan here.
During the meeting the Chief Minister decided to implement double pension scheme for the retired military personnel.
The double pension benefit will also be given to the spouse incase of death of the army pensioner. This pension will also be paid along with pensions of other employees every month.
He has also decided to extend benefits given to the army personnel martyred while serving to those lost their lives due to ill health and accidents too.
He has instructed the officials not to show any discrimination in this regard and said that retired army personnel working as Special Police Officers will be paid salaries along with other employees every month.
Rao said there is a need to strengthen the Army Welfare Boards. There are only 10 Sainik Welfare Boards in the districts, which will be extended to all the newly formed districts in the State.
He said steps will be taken to set up two Army Welfare Offices in Medak and Adilabad districts.
The compensation money given for those getting the gallantry awards would be more in the Telangana State compared to other states.
He also said that reservation should be given to the children of serving and retired army personnel in the Government residential Schools.
“The State government should accord recognition to the schools run by the army. Students joining NCC, Scouts and Guides should be encouraged and those pursing courses in National Defence Academy from the State should be given fellowships,” Rao said.
Since the Centre has agreed to set up an Army School in Warangal, Rao said, a Memorandum of Understadning in this regard will be signed as early as possible.
He also waived off vehicle tax for the the army personnel and will be exempted from paying tax in the state.
Meanwhile, the retired army personnel representatives have thanked the Chief Minister for enhancing the pension of war widows, giving two per cent reservation while allotting the two bed room houses, thereby exempting the military personnel from paying tax on their property.
Ministers Naini Narasimha Reddy, State Government’s Principal Advisor Rajeev Sharma, MPs Capt. Laxmikanth Rao, Vinod Kumar, Principal Secretaries Rajiv Trivedi and S Narsing Rao, Home Secretary Ms Anitha Rajendra, Southern India Army Commandant General Maj Gen S Pachauri, Secunderabad Station Brigadier Ajay Singh Negi, Colonel Tarun Kumar, Colonel Atul Rajput, Lieutenant General Jaswinder Singh, Captain Navneeth Singh, Army Welfare Committee Members Sri Suresh Reddy, Jagan Reddy, Pochaiah, Prabhakar Reddy, Manohar Reddy and others participated in the meeting. (ANI)