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Friday, August 29, 2008

Govt to set up ex-servicemen commission soon: Antony

The government will soon set up an Ex-Servicemen Commission in order to streamline efforts to address the grievances of armed forces veterans and plan welfare schemes for them, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.

"After opening a new department in the Defence Ministry for ex-servicemen, the government is going to set up an Ex-Servicemen Commission soon to recommend various welfare schemes for them and their families," Antony said, soon after inaugurating a Sainik School at Thappa Gothra Khori village near here.    

He said the government had also earmarked around Rs 6,000 crore additionally for serving defence personnel and ex-servicemen after removing the anomalies in the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, which was being implemented from September 1.    

Asking other states of the country to emulate the model of Haryana, Antony appreciated the efforts of Haryana government in taking care of its ex-servicemen and providing them welfare schemes.    

"The Sainik Schools are today one of the major vehicles to carry forward the movement of mass discipline in our society," he said.