Hyderabad: In yet another sop for the Army personnel by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, vehicles owned by them will be exempted from paying motor vehicle tax in Telangana State.
Addressing a high-level review meeting on the welfare of retired military personnel at Pragathi Bhavan here, the Chief Minister reiterated on Saturday that his government was committed to the welfare of serving and retired Army personnel besides families of martyrs.
“The government has taken several measures for the welfare of military personnel and more are in the offing,” he said. The welfare measures implemented by Telangana State for Army personnel will be better compared to other States. The Chief Minister has already taken a decision to implement “double” pension scheme for retired military personnel. The double pension benefit will also be given to the spouse in case of death of Army pensioner.
The Chief Minister has also decided to extend benefits given to Army personnel martyred while in service and even to those who lost their lives due to health issues and accidents. He has instructed the officials not to show any discrimination in this regard. Retired Army personnel working as Special Police Officers will be paid salaries along with other employees every month.
The Chief Minister said there is need to strengthen the Army Welfare Boards. There are 10 Sainik Welfare Boards working in the districts. The Welfare Boards will be extended to all the newly formed districts in the State. Steps will be taken to set up two Army Welfare Offices in Medak and Adilabad districts.
The compensation money given to those who receive gallantry awards will be more in Telangana State compared to other States, he said, adding that reservation will also be given to children of serving and retired Army personnel in Government residential schools.
The State government will also accord recognition to schools run by the Army. Students joining NCC, Scouts and Guides will be encouraged and those pursuing courses in National Defence Academy from the State will be given scholarships.
Since the Centre has agreed to set up an Army School in Warangal, an MoU in this regard should be signed as early as possible. Representatives of ex-servicemen organisations thanked the Chief Minister for enhancing the pension of war widows, giving 2 per cent reservation while allotting two bed room houses and exempting military personnel from paying property tax on their property.
Home Ministers Naini Narasimha Reddy, State Government Principal Advisor Rajeev Sharma, MPs Capt. Laxmikanth Rao, Vinod Kumar, Principal Secretaries Rajiv Trivedi and S Narsing Rao, Home Secretary Anitha Rajendra, Southern India Army Commandant General Maj Gen S Pachauri, Secunderabad Station Brigadier Ajay Singh Negi, Col Tarun Kumar, Col Atul Rajput, Lt Gen Jaswinder Singh, Capt Navneeth Singh, Army Welfare Committee Members Suresh Reddy, Jagan Reddy, Pochaiah, Prabhakar Reddy, Manohar Reddy and others participated in the meeting. Later, the Chief Minister had lunch with the participants and in the three-hour interaction that followed, he had taken several decisions.