Chandigarh: Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil
has said that the government machinery is responsible for
welfare of ex-servicemen.
Patil, who was presiding over the 31st meeting of Rajya
Sainik Board asked the officers present in the meeting to
restructure their programmes and involve maximum ex-servicemen
and students in their development projects.
"We owe a great debt to soldiers who have spent prime of
their lives for protecting boundaries and maintaining peace.
Therefore, it is our collective responsibility and duty to
ensure them a life of dignity, self respect and assure that
the nation and its people are behind them," he said.
The Governor said necessary instructions should be issued
to CDA (Pension) by the concerned department to ensure
revision of pensions under intimation to concerned banks.
Patil emphasised that members of Rajya Sainik Board
must play a proactive role in creating a data bank with
details of job opportunities available in the public and
Patil said the need of the hour is to focus on motivating
the rural youth to join armed forces and they should be
educated regarding life and culture of army.
Motivational teams should be sent to various schools and
colleges particularly in rural areas to motivate the youth to
join army, he added.