Flagging off Army veterans mega rally at Madikeri, Karnataka, Army chief, General Dalbir Singh said that they want to build regional hospitals for the veterans all over India.
The rally is set to benefit about 4,700 ex-servicemen and war widows who are living in Kodagu region and will give them an opportunity to express their grievances to top army officers.
Kodagu is located in the southern part of Karnataka and is birth place of two former Indian Army Chiefs – Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa and General K.S. Thimayya.
There is a sizable population of war veterans and war widows in the area who’s biggest problem is disbursement of pension.
Looking at their problems General Singh disclosed that One Ran One Pension (OROP) was to Army’s liking and said that around Rs. 7588 crore would be given to OROP each year.
At the rally General Singh expressed his solidarity with the retired fraternity and said that it was essential to give them the respect their deserve.
The rally also has medical camp, pension clinic, canteen service, Aadhar card registration facility and bank loan facilities to help the veterans out.