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Ex-paramilitary forces body meets Guv

Shillong, July 19: A delegation of Confederation of Ex-paramilitary Forces Martyrs Welfare Association under the leadership of general secretary Ranbir Singh submitted a memorandum to the Governor, Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday and drew his attention on issues related to welfare of thousands of serving, retired and families of martyred personnel in the state.

In a statement, Singh said that lakhs of personnel of  central security forces are guarding the internal and external borders of the country. The entire country is indebted to them for addressing the natural calamities like floods, earthquakes besides dealing with rioters and the fair role played in elections. “The soldiers of the security forces are guarding the entire country from the road to Parliament and upto the borders but as far as facilities are concerned, a lot needs to be done for a long time”, he said.

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“Ardh Sainik Welfare Board should be constituted for the welfare of serving, retired paramilitary forces of the state so that widows of martyr families can get benefits of pension, rehabilitation and welfare schemes”, he said.

In line with the army, the paramilitary forces should also be given the status of ex-service personnel so that they can also get employment and rehabilitation opportunities in the state, Singh said.

“Establish CGHS dispensaries /wellness centers at district level so as to provide better health facilities to paramilitary families living in remote areas”, he said.

The governor expressed his surprise at the Centre stopping the pension in 2004 in return for the best services to the countrymen and officers of the paramilitary forces and ignoring the welfare issues.

While praising the security forces, the governor assured that he would write a letter to the chief minister by talking to him personally.

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