Indian Army Holds a Mega Ex- Servicemen Rally at Imphal
Paying rich tributes to the Indian Army Veterans, Veer Naris and Widows, Red Shield Division of Spear Corps organised a Mega Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Rally at Koirengei, Imphal on 06 Mar 2023 for all districts of Manipur. The ESM rally was conducted for the first time post COVID outbreak. It witnessed massive turnout of more than 1200 and 250 Veer Naris and Widows.
The Rally was graced by Shri N Biren Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Manipur who spoke to ESMs and thanked them for their contributions in nation building. He also informed the audience about various welfare schemes for ESM undertaken by the State Government. The prominent one are Enhancement of Cash Rewards to Gallantry Medal Awardees and Infrastructure Development projects of Rajya Sainik Boards. Hon'ble CM also felicitated the War Widows, Gallantry Medal Awardees and Paid Homage To the Bravehearts of Manipur, who had laid down their lives in the line of duty. The rally was also attended by senior veterans including Lieutenant General LN Singh, VSM* & Maj Gen Dinesh Sharma.
Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier Neil John, SM Deputy GOC Red Shield Division welcomed the veterans and their family members. He thanked the them for their sacrifice and services to the nation and urged them to keep contributiong towards the social and nation building.
Lt Gen LN Singh also addressed the gathering conveying gratitude to the Red Shield Division on behalf of the veterans community of Manipur. On the occasion Grievance Cells from Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Record Offices of various regiments and services, SPARSH & SUVIGYA cell were set up to ascertain and resolve the issues faced by the veterans and their families. Information Stalls of Army Recruitment Office, ECHS Polyclinic, Director General of Resettlement, Skill Development & Social Welfare Department, Govt of Manipur; RSB & ZSB; UdChalo, SBI, Axis, ICICI, PNB & HDFC Banks, were also established at the Rally site.
The special medical camp organised with various specialists at the rally site provided on the spot medical care & consultancy to over a thousand Veterans and War Widows.
Hon’ble Chief Minister congratulated Red Shield Division for organising the mega rally and appreciated the care shown to ESM by the Indian Army.