Quota for children of ex-servicemen in professional
colleges also promised
Land sought for construction of houses to serving,
nation:Army personnel help an elderly woman who lost her loved one in the 1962
Sino-Indian conflict, at a rally addressed by Chief Minister
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has offered financial
assistance to ex-servicemen and war widows under Pavala Vaddi scheme and also
exemption of property tax. He assured them that the State government will
consider all their reasonable demands.
Addressing a rally of ex-servicemen and ‘veer naari' (war
widows) at the Artillery Centre near Golconda here on Sunday he stated that the
State government had taken up several initiatives including job reservation for
retired Army personnel. Allotment of house sites, exemption of property tax,
loans under pavala vaddi scheme and reservation for their children in
professional education colleges would also be provided, the Chief Minister
There were 148 war widows of soldiers who had laid down
their lives in several battles since 1947 in addition to 3,200 World War II
veterans and their widows in the State. The government had allocated Rs. 11
crore in the current budgetfor providing an assistance ofRs. 300 per month to
each of World War II veterans and their widows. He felicitated war widows on the
occasion and hailed the services of Armed Forces in safeguarding the frontiers
of the country at all times.
Director General of Artillery Lt. Gen. K.R. Rao paid
tributes to soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for the security of the
nation and hoped that grievances of ex-servicemen would be settled.
General Officer Commanding (Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and
Karnataka Area) Lt. Gen. B.K. Chengappa requested the government to allot land
at subsidised rate for construction of houses to Armed Forces personnel and
ex-servicemen under Army Welfare Housing Scheme in Hyderabad, Secunderabad,
Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. He also urged the authorities to allot
land in Vijayawada, Kakinada and Chittoor for setting up polyclinics under
Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
General Officer Commanding (GOC), Andhra Sub-Area, Maj.
Gen. K.D. Singh and Commandant Artillery Centre, Golconda, Brig. Prakash Nair
were also present.Over 3,000 ex-servicemen and war widows participated in the
Chief Minister lists measures taken for the welfare Army
personnel; promises quota in professional