Governor calls for greater stress on well being of dependents of ex servicemen

Lucknow: The 49th meeting of the Uttar Pradesh Sainik Rehabilitator Fund Management Committee was held under the chairmanship of State Governor. In the meeting, the committee discussed 10 items with the Governor. In the discussion, the proposal on running new schemes for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their dependents, the expenditure on the maintenance of Attari area, the remaining TCL fund near Sainik School in Sarojini Nagar and the proper use of agricultural land located in Gaharu village.

In the meeting, the details of income-expenditure and savings in the financial year 2021-23 were presented by the committee, while presenting the estimated details of income-expenditure for the financial year 2022-23, it was informed that due to increase in the number of beneficiaries. Principal Secretary Agriculture,  Devesh Chaturvedi, in the meeting, while drawing attention to the recent increase in bank interest rates for increasing the corpus fund of the fund, suggested measures through the interest amount received through FD.

For ex-servicemen and their dependents, the committee presented proposals on operationalization of new schemes, which included medical expenditure grant, natural calamity grant, one-time assistance to orphan child, grant to disabled dependent of serviceman. Pointing out that the grant amount does not appear to be sufficient, the Governor said that the committee should consider providing benefits of state and centrally run public welfare schemes to the widows and children of the soldiers.

In this sequence, he made a special mention of many other beneficial schemes including centrally operated Ayushman Bharat Yojana, state government-run Widow Pension Scheme, Kanya Sumangala Yojana. He said that whatever is better in the schemes proposed by the fund and the schemes run by the Central and State Governments, the benefits should be made available to the military dependents.

Referring to the inclusion of military widows, dependents and their children in beneficial schemes, the Governor informed about the scheme being run in the interest of children orphaned due to corona in the state, in the meeting as the representative of the District Magistrate, Lucknow, from the ADM administration, Lucknow. Of. Specially drawing the attention of Brigadier Ravi, Secretary of the Fund, to this, he instructed to prepare and present the list of children of soldiers orphaned in Corona and along with it the list of beneficiaries of military widow pension.

As per the instructions given by the Governor in the last meeting of the Management Committee, in today’s meeting the process of obtaining seed money for the fund by transferring the Attari area to the Agriculture Department was also discussed. Principal Secretary Agriculture Mr. Devesh Chaturvedi informed that the Agriculture Department has agreed to provide 20.00 crore seed money fund by acquiring Attari area. In its compliance, the budget will be received in the upcoming budget session. In this interval, the Governor instructed to get it under the protection of the Agriculture Department along with the cost incurred in the maintenance of the field.
During the discussion on better utilization of 12.9 acres of land remaining after the establishment of Sainik School in Sarojini Nagar, Lucknow and 1.390 hectares of agricultural land located in Gahru Nagar, the Governor asked to develop the source of income from the land. He asked to get the land near the Sainik School for the use of the school. It was suggested by the forest department officer to set up a nursery on the arable land of Gahru village to earn income.

In the meeting, the Governor gave a check of one lakh rupees and clothes to thirteen military widow beneficiaries. In the meeting, the Governor gave a grant of Rs.8 lakh to PRC Kirkee, Pune and Rs.10 lakh to PRC Mohali, Punjab, for the treatment of 100 percent disabled soldiers. It may be noted here that 1.0 lakh per soldier was provided by the UP government for this grant, which has now been increased to Rs. 1.5 lakh per soldier.

AVSM, VSM, Chief of Staff Central Command Lt. Gen. Vivek Kashyap, Principal Secretary to Governor Kalpana Awasthi, GCO North India Asia Bareilly, Secretary ESW, Govt. Secretary  Devesh Chaturvedi, Principal Secretary Revenue  Sudhir Garg, Principal Secretary Social Welfare Dr. Hariom, Director General Rehabilitation Government of India, Legal Advisor to Governor Prashant Mishra, Brigadier Ravi, Representative District Magistrate Lucknow and all other concerned officers were present.

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