The first Ex-Servicemen (ESM) rally at Nabagram Military Station, organised by the Brahmastra Corps of Army’s Eastern Command, was inaugurated by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee today. More than two thousand veterans and veer naris from Murshidabad and neighbouring areas were present at the event.
Members of Parliament Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Abhijit Mukherjee, Minister of the West Bengal Govt Shri Jakir Hossain, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command (GOC-in-C, EC) Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding of Bengal Area Lt Gen GS Sangha, Corps Commander of Brahmastra Corps Lt Gen SS Hasabnis and a host of other military and civilian dignitaries were also present at the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the President expressed happiness at getting this one last chance to meet the jawans, veer naris and ESM of the region prior to his demitting office. He applauded the discipline and organisational capacity that ESM carried with them, despite leaving active service and expressed hope that Nabagram would not only become a model military station but also bring about all round development of the area in terms of creation of jobs and infrastructure in the township of Nabagram. He paid his humble reverence to the veer naris, stating that their loss could never be replaced but the government would continue to look after them. Six veer naris and two ex-soldiers who had suffered battle casualty were felicitated by the President. He also applauded the efforts taken by the GOC-in-C, EC to ensure fast development of the military station.
Speaking earlier, the GOC-in-C extended his heartiest welcome to the President and all other dignitaries to the event. He particularly mentioned the efforts undertaken by Shri Pranab Mukherjee and Shri Abhijit Mukherjee in ensuring that the Army got this piece of land in West Bengal. He stated that this station constitutes an important element in upgrading the operational preparedness of the Eastern Command. The Army Commander also thanked the civil administration for providing support to the Army for various ESM ventures and hoped that they would continue to provide greater support in the coming times.
A large number of ESM benefited from the various stalls that had been set up by welfare agencies and organisations of Army and civil administration at the venue. The military station had been turned into a one stop facility for canteen services, pension documentation counters for retired personnel, medical and dental checkups, ECHS facility, accounting audit personnel from PCDA, Loan facilitation by the State Bank of India etc. The mega rally was possible only because of the support provided by the civil administration. Retd Sepoy Sarkar, who retired from 21 RR two years back, said he was happy that all his documentation and pension papers would be taken care of, now that various agencies had converged at Nabagram. The Army Commander promised to have such ESM rallies at regular intervals so that needs of ESM could be taken care of better.
It was exactly nine months ago that the newly developed Military Station at Nabagram was inaugurated by the President in October 2016. Indian Army in pursuance of vision of Shri Pranab Mukherjee had embarked upon the development of Nabagram Military Station after he had laid its foundation stone in February 2014.