MANDI BAHAUDDIN -District Armed Services Board Gujrat Secretary Lt-Col Asad Mahmood said that the board would establish its camp office at Mandi Bahauddin to deal with the matters of pension and welfare of the ex-servicemen, widows of Shaheeds, serving soldiers and their dependents.

He was addressing the local welfare officers and officeholders of the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society at PESS Office. He said the arrangements had been made to save the time and expenditure of retired soldiers and their dependents in travelling to Gujrat. He added that the camp office would start functioning soon.

Regarding medical and educational facilities, he said that Fauji Foundation Dispensary already functioning in Mandi Bahauddin would be upgraded to Day Health Centre shortly. Higher authorities were considering for increase in the stipends for the schoolchildren of ex-servicemen and in the quota for children of soldiers in Fauji Foundation educational institutions.

On his arrival, the ex-servicemen accorded him warm welcome. The PESS district president in welcome address said that the welfare organisations for ex-servicemen were earning huge profits from their commercial and industrial enterprises but most of it was utilised on salaries and other perks and privileges of their directors, deputy directors and other staff. Out of the profit, a little was left for the welfare of other ranks and their dependents living in remote areas of the country, he regretted He demanded representations in the boards of Fauji Foundation, Shaheed Foundation and Naval Foundation from each district for the welfare of ex-servicemen.

The secretary also met with DCO Imtiaz Niazi and DOC Afzal Warriach and discussed with them various matters of the former soldiers. Speaking on the occasion, the DCO paid tributes to the ex-servicemen for their services and showed his keen interest in their welfare. He directed the DOC to arrange suitable land for the DASB camp. He assured the meeting of his cooperation for resolving the former soldiers and their dependents’ problems on priority basis.