Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ‘s Sunday’s interaction with 300 armed forces veterans in Leh has boosted their morale. Rajnath Singh who is on a three-day visit to Ladakh reiterated the Central government’s commitment towards the welfare of the ex-servicemen. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to roll out ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme, he said that it was a testimony to the government’s unwavering commitment towards the welfare and satisfaction of the veterans.
He said that several steps have been taken by the government to address the issue of resettlement, including organising job fairs through Directorate General Resettlement, in which a large number of veterans were given employment. Besides, several online services under `Digital India’ have been introduced for veterans. E-Sehat portal provided tele-medicine services, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the introduction of Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) to address the problems faced by ex-servicemen, the minister stated.
Among those who were present on the occasion included Lt Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur, MP from Ladakh Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lt Gen YK Joshi. Rajnath Singh also met the elected representatives of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils, Leh, Kargil and officials in Leh.
Defence Minister has several important engagements in Ladakh visit. He is scheduled to inaugurate infrastructure projects constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and interact with troops deployed in the region.