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Indian Army to observe 2011 as the ‘Year of the Disabled Soldier’

Bureau Report
Agence India Press

New Delhi: To Honour its troops who were injured and left disabled during operations, the Indian Army has decided to observe 2011 as the ‘Year of the Disabled Soldier’.

“2011 will be the year of the disabled soldier,” Army chief General V K Singh said while addressing the 63rd Army day parade. He said “We have been giving great respect to our martyred soldiers and the time has come to give due honour to our soldiers who have been disabled in operations. Adding that a grant of Rs one crore has been sanctioned for the purpose

Announcing other welfare schemes, Singh said a grant of Rs 25,000 would be provided to widows of soldiers “An additional Rs 20,000 would be given to the wheel-chair bound soldiers,” he said.

Commenting on the counter-insurgency operations and performance, the Army chief said, “Our units have been successful in maintaining peace and security in both Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.” Adding that today, 1, 10000 troops of the Indian Army are taking part in the different UN missions.

It may be mentioned here, the Army had come under severe criticism from the CAG over the supply of rotten rations for troops and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had also called the three Services chiefs for clarifying on the issue. (AIP)

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