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Gujjar-Bakerwal delegation, Director Sainik Welfare Dept call on LG

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JAMMU : A 20-member delegation of Gujjar-Bakerwal community today called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha here at Raj Bhavan.

The delegation led by Sheikh Muzaffar, President, Jammu & Kashmir Nationalist People’s Front, comprised of members of Gujjar Qaumi Movement Kashmir and community members from various districts projected their issues and grievances and sought Lt Governor’s intervention for the redressal of the same.

The members of the delegation also expressed their gratitude to the Lt Governor-led administration for taking reformative measures for the welfare and empowerment of the tribal communities in J&K.

While interacting with the visiting representatives, the Lt Governor observed that the J&K Government is committed to safeguarding the rights of all the communities and is working in a planned manner for educational & socio-economic upliftment of tribal communities of the UT.

A comprehensive strategy has been developed to ensure that the basic amenities along with the benefits of all UT & Central sponsored welfare schemes and other developmental initiatives reach the tribal population of J&K, added the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegation that all their genuine issues would be taken up with the concerned authorities for their redressal on merit.

Meanwhile, Brigadier Gurmeet Singh Shan, Director Sainik Welfare Department (J&K) called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan.

The Director briefed the Lt Governor on the preparations for the upcoming celebration of Armed Forces Flag Day on 07 December and about various activities of the department related to the welfare of the Ex-servicemen and Veer Naris.

He expressed gratitude towards the Lt Governor for landmark approvals to set up 100 bedded children hostels, one each at Srinagar and Jammu, and promulgation of the policy to provide relaxation in age and physical endurance tests to ex-servicemen for recruitment in government jobs in J&K.

Brigadier Gurmeet Singh Shan also apprised the Lt Governor of the efforts made to reach out to veterans in the border areas and far-flung regions, which include adhoc offices been set up in Bandipora and Akhnoor, proposal to set up new offices in other remote areas, use of digital technology, digital life certificate generation at all 13 ZSWOs, adoption of e-office, the launch of department’s website, besides various other initiatives and steps for the welfare of Ex-Servicemen.

He also apprised about the campaign being undertaken to sensitise citizens about the importance of contributing towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, which is used for welfare activities.

The Lt Governor appreciated the remarkable work done by the Sanik Welfare Department for Veterans and Veer Naris. He impressed upon the Director to continue his endeavors for the welfare of Ex-Servicemen and their family members.

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