SAMBA: A meeting of Zila Sainik Welfare Board Samba was held on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Mubarak Singh at Conference Hall, Nandni Hills, Samba.
Col. K.B Gupta, Zila Sainik Welfare Officer, Samba made a presentation for highlighting the detail of activities of the board and presented account of schemes being run for the welfare of children and families of the ex-servicemen.
He apprised various welfare schemes ‘viz’ one time incentive to children of 8th, 10th and 12th Std. getting 50 per cent marks, for Graduation 65 per cent marks, for post graduation 70 per cent, Penury grant to non-pensioners, daughter marriage grant etc being executed by the board and monetary help rendered to the Ex Servicemen (ESM).
He said the Zila Sainik Welfare Boards are established for the welfare of all personnel of Indian Armed Forces from the State both serving and retired and is also responsible for the implementation of various programmes for the welfare and settlement of ex-servicemen, their dependants and war widows.
He also presented Action Taken Report of last board meeting and agenda points for this meeting. The ex-officers and the ex-servicemen of Indian Armed Forces who attended the meeting highlighted various problems like completion of boundary wall of Middle School of Mandlyal and Maheen Charkaan, installation of water pump in Mandliyal Middle School to provide drinking water to students and staff etc. Besides this, the issue of Periodic cleanliness of water tanks, proper functioning of street lights in the town, unauthorised encroachment in the market, opening of J&K Bank branch at Nud and operationalisation of new bus stand of Samba on priority also came up for discussion.
The DDC issued directions to the District/Sectoral officers present in the meeting to address the problems raised by the ex-servicemen.
The ex-servicemen from the border areas also mentioned the problems being faced by the people due to recent heavy rains/flash floods and demanded a special package of relief and rehabilitation.
The DDC informed that government has already announced free ration for six months for flood affected families and the relief is being distributed in the district from today. He also informed that relief as per SDRF is being paid to the sufferers who have suffered damage to Pvt. houses/crops and loss of livestock.
The DDC asked the ZSWB officers for wide publicity of all the welfare schemes by involving various agencies ‘viz’ Sarpanch/Panchs, Social Welfare Department, Revenue Department etc. so that maximum ex-servicemen and widows can get benefits of these schemes. Members of ZSWB appreciated the intervention and timely action taken by the district administration to redress various problems put up the ZSWB in the previous meeting.
The meeting was attended by ADDC Samba-Vivek Sharma, ADC Samba -Inderjeet, Add. SP- Suram Singh, Chief Planning Officer-Devinder Singh Jasrotia, besides Capt. Sansar Chand – MVC, Col. Amrik Singh, Maj. Dileep Singh, Capt. Inder Singh and the members of the Sainik Board.