Defence Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with 300 armed forces veterans in Leh during 3-day visit to Ladakh

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday interacted with 300 armed forces veterans in Leh and reiterated the Central government’s commitment towards the welfare of the ex-servicemen.

The veterans included Ashok Chakra winner Naib Subedar (Honorary) Chhering Mutup (Retd) and Maha Vir Chakra winner Colonel Sonam Wangchuk (Retd).

Rajnath Singh is on a three-day visit to Ladakh to take stock of India’s military preparedness in the region in the face of a prolonged border row with China.

Lauding the unparalleled dedication of the veterans in ensuring the safety and security of the nation, the defence minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to roll out ‘One Rank One Pension’ scheme, ending a decades-long wait, was a testimony to the government’s unwavering commitment towards the welfare and satisfaction of the veterans.

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“Our aim is to take care of you in the same way as you all have taken care of the security of the country,” an official statement quoted Rajnath Singh as saying.

While listing out other measures taken by the government to ensure the welfare of the veterans, Rajnath Singh said a number of steps have been taken to address the issue of resettlement, including organising job fairs through Directorate General Resettlement, in which a large number of veterans were given employment.

“A number of online services under ‘Digital India’ have been introduced for veterans. These include the launch of ‘e-Sehat’ portal to provide tele-medicine services, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the introduction of Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) to address the problems faced by ex-servicemen,” he added.

Lt Governor of Ladakh RK Mathur, MP from Ladakh Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command Lt Gen YK Joshi were present on the occasion.

Later, Rajnath Singh also met the elected representatives of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils, Leh, Kargil and officials in Leh.

During his stay, the defence minister will also inaugurate infrastructure projects constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and interact with troops deployed in the region.

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