'Instill patriotism among kids'

Speaking after inaugurating ex-servicemen rally organised by the Department of Sainik Welfare and Rehabilitation here, he recalled the contributions of soldiers in protection of country from eternal forces.

Deputy Director, Department of Sainik Welfare and Rehabilitation said the government has hiked compensation, special allowances for marriage and other benefits for ex-servicemen. The dependents and ex-servicemen must compulsorily obtain the ECHS membership to avail these facilities.

He wanted ex-servicemen to submit details to the department to include for second and third grade family pension scheme. The Government was offering scholarship, grants to purchase books and scholarship to pursue higher education by the wards of ex-servicemen.

This facility is available to study from first standard to graduation. The Department had started hostel facility for the children of ex-servicemen and their dependents studying in Mysore. Those studying from fifth standard to PUC could apply for hostel facility. Last date to apply for same is April 20. The hostel will be opened from May 2.  President of Ex-servicemen Welfare Association of Kollegal taluk, K Kamaraju urged the Deputy Commissioner to hold adalat for ex-servicemen once in three and six months to address their problems. The Government should give tax concession on construction of houses.

Houses and sites should be sanctioned to the ex-servicemen free of cost.

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