Lessons on bravehearts to inspire youngsters

Lessons on bravehearts to inspire youngsters

Addressing ex-servicemen, schoolchildren and his colleagues on the occasion of ‘Kargil Diwas,’ he said the stories of martyrs would inspire students.

The committee, he said, will include educationists and former defence personnel. The State will provide an incentive of Rs one lakh to cadets from Karnataka who win the ‘Sword of Honour’ (best cadet) in any of the training academies. The State will also increase the honorarium of World War II veterans and their families from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000. There are as many as 2,680 war veterans in the State.

Entrusting the responsibility of co-ordinating with all the district centres on observing Vijay Diwas (Bangladesh Liberation), Kargil Diwas and Flag Day officially to MLC Ganesh Karnik, Yeddyurappa said the government would ensure these days were observed throughout the State, and not just in Bangalore.

Karnik, who works with ex-servicemen, said: “We had proposed the idea of including a special chapter on the martyrs to the chief minister, and now he will take it forward.”

The special chapter will include the lives of all the gallantry award winners, and also stories on courage and valour which will motivate youngsters to joining the defence services.

Karnik pointed out that in order to implement the 50 per cent property tax rebate announced earlier for ex-servicemen, the government would bring in an amendment to the Town and Municipalities Act.

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