The Indian Army’s Vajra Air Defence Brigade today organized a Special Welfare Meet for the Veer Naaris and Widows at Ludhiana. This annual event aims to reach out and provide maximum assistance in terms of resolving their pension anomalies, benefits, entitlements and placements of their wards.
Mrs. Simmi Dutta, Zonal President, Vajra Corps Army Wives Welfare Association, was the Chief Guest of the event. In his address, Brigadier Manish Arora, Station Commander Ludhiana Military Station highlighted that annually, this Special Welfare Meet, is facilitating in maintaining contact with the kith and kin of the valiant heroes of the Indian Army and is also providing a single platform for their problem resolution.
More than 700 persons which included 82 Veer Naaris, 182 Widows of Veterans and their dependents participated in the welfare meet. Representatives of Army and Civil Administrative agencies to include the Zila Sainik Board, Veterans Sahayata Kendra, Army Placement Node and State Police were present during the event to facilitate timely redressal. A medical camp was also organised during the event in which a number of specialist doctors from Army and Civil hospitals participated. Apart from financial assistance to the needy, medical aid in terms of free medicines, eye check-up, wheelchairs, hearing aids, lumbar belts, knee caps, cervical collars and walking sticks were also provided. Pursuant to the previous Veer Naari Meet in January 2018, a total amount of approximately Rs 1.1 Crore has been disbursed while resolving pension cases and a sum of Rs 26 Lakhs has been distributed as part of the Assured Decent Last Rites Scheme.
Large number of dignitaries from the corporate sector who extended their unconditional support to the event were also in attendance. Students from Vajra Vayu Rakshak Primary School, Kundan Vidya Mandir and Sat Paul Mittal School presented cultural programs in honour of the Veer Naaris and Widows. SIKH LI Pipe band and Space Lancer Jazz Band conducted a mesmerising band display after a unique welcome by the aero models flying above the venue.