Chandigarh: Haryana Government offered the Indian Army land for setting up of a medical college in Panchkula, near here.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the offer to Army Commander, Lt General K J Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command, while presiding over the Civil Military Liaison Conference 2016 here.
The Chief Minister said state government is taking every possible step for the welfare of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen. He also lauded the role of defence forces in safeguarding the country.
He said a close liaison between the Army and civil administration is important, especially for Haryana, which accounts for only two percent of the countrys population but its participation in defence forces is 10 per cent.
“Besides that, there are 2.82 lakh ex-servicemen in the state. Therefore, we will always do our best for their welfare,” Khattar said.
The Chief Minister said state government has earmarked Rs 56.33 crore for the welfare of defence personnel and ex-servicemen and in future these funds would be increased. He also enlisted various welfare schemes and programmes for them.
Speaking on the occasion, Lt General K J Singh praised Haryana Government for allotting land for Jai Jawan Awas Yojna at Bahadurgarh and Karnal, besides implementing other projects.
Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi said several progressive measures have been announced the welfare of serving soldiers and ex-servicemen as Haryana has maximum contribution in armed forces.
Haryanas Director General of Police K P Singh said 46 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 29 NGOs and 2476 constables are serving the police force from ex-servicemen category.