A Mega Ex-Servicemen (ESM) Rally will be organised by Headquarters 101 Area of the Indian Army and Rajya Sainik Board, Meghalaya, in Tura on December 12.
The rally will be attended by ESM and Veer Naris (war widows) hailing from Meghalaya.
A similar rally was held in Happy Valley, Shillong, last month.
The Tura rally is expected to benefit a large number of veterans in Garo Hills and is aimed at ex-servicemen, war veterans, disabled soldiers and war widows to express solidarity and demonstrate that they remain inseparable members of the armed forces fraternity even post-retirement.
The event will have amenities of Unit Run Canteen Counters, Medical Camp and Grievance Cells by Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), Zilla Sainik Board (ZSB), SBI, PNB, IndusInd Bank and ICICI with an aim to address variety of issues and assist the ex-servicemen and their families.
Emphasis will be given to address pension and SPARSH (System for Pension Administration (Raksha) related issues as also awareness about the numerous benefits by ECHS, Army Welfare and Education Society (AWES), and the central/state governments.
SPARSH is an initiative of the Union Ministry of Defence that aims at providing comprehensive solutions to the administration of pension to the defence pensioners in line with the vision of Digital India, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and “Minimal Government, Maximum Governance”.
Senior officers from the Armed Forces and other civil dignitaries will also be attending the rally.