Defense Minister interacts with 300 ex-servicemen in Leh during his visit to Ladakh

New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with 300 ex-servicemen including Ashok Chakra winner Naib Subedar (Honorary) Tsering Mutup (Retd) and Maha Vir Chakra winner Col Sonam Wangchuk (Retd) at Leh, Ladakh on June 27, 2021. In his address, Rajnath Singh reiterated the government’s commitment towards the welfare of ex-servicemen and lauded their unparalleled dedication to ensuring the safety and security of the nation. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to launch the One Rank One Pension Scheme, ending the decades-long wait, is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the government towards the welfare and satisfaction of ex-servicemen. He said that our aim is to take care of you in the same way as all of you have taken care of the security of the country.

Giving examples of other measures taken by the government to ensure the well being of ex-servicemen, Raksha Mantri said that several steps have been taken to address the issue of rehabilitation, including organizing job fairs through the Directorate General of Rehabilitation, In which a large number of ex-servicemen were given employment. He said that many online services have been started for ex-servicemen under Digital India. These include the launch of the e-Sehat portal for providing tele-medicine services especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) to address the problems of ex-servicemen.

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

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

Earlier, the Defense Minister reached Leh on a three-day visit to Ladakh. During his stay, he will inaugurate infrastructure projects built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and interact with troops deployed in the area.

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