14 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: The fourth Armed Forces Veterans' Day and Ex-Servicemen Sammelan was organised at 120 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) here today to commemorate the sacrifice of the Veterans during war and peace.
Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik attended the event as the Chief Guest and paid homage to the martyrs by laying a wreath at the Martyrs Memorial. The event was attended by around 1,000 Veterans and their families. Naveen was welcomed with a bouquet by Vice Admiral SH Sarma, PVSM, a 97-year-old war veteran who fought World War-II, 1965 and 1971.
Brig BP Pattanaik (Retd) gave the welcome address and offered the services of Ex-Servicemen in working for the betterment of the State. He also stated that the Veteran fraternity is a huge repository of diverse skills and experience which can be tapped for the overall development of the society and State.
The Chief Minister felicitated five women whose husbands had participated in World War-II. Naveen exhorted the veterans to participate in public life alter their chequered career in the Army. He assured that the problems being faced by the veterans will be addressed expeditiously.
At the venue, service counters were set up by Veteran Cell, Reserve Bank of India, Central Pension Processing Cell, Record Officer of various Regiments, RTO, CSD Canteen and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
Besides, the Agriculture Department had made elaborate arrangements to guide the veterans on modern techniques of farming, besides promoting organic methods in Agriculture.
Brig SS Dhadwal, Commander Chhatisgarh and Odisha Sub Area was present on the occasion besides prominent senior war veterans of Odisha. Lt Gen NP Padhi, Lt Gen Nayaran Mohanty, Air Marshal JN Burma, and Col HS Mohapatra were present.